Sunday, 15 November 2015

Nanaimo bird report, November 15, 2015


BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was mostly sunny and the winds were calm.  One Trumpeter Swan flew in and landed just off shore giving us great views. Flocks of Greater Scaup and Common Goldeneye were seen near the oyster barrows of shore. A Northern Shrike perched on a bush near us. We spotted a Merlin at the top of a tall conifer tree.

Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seven birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Green-wing Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Merlin
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Steller’s Jay
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbirds 
Red Crossbills
Pine Siskin

Wednesday, November 11:
There was a Lapland longspur at the Nanaimo river estuary in south Nanaimo.

Tuesday, November 10:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but the winds were strong off the Strait of Georgia. Thousands of Dunlin and a large number of Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstone were seen feeding along the tide line along the length of the beach. Large numbers of Canada Geese, American Widgeon, Northern Pintail and Greater Scaup were seen at Craig Bay.  A pair of Purple Finch was feeding on a berry tree next to the trail as a large cloud of Pine Siskin flew in and landed.

Black Turnstone: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twelve birders including two visiting birders from Prince Albert saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Goose
Mallard
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Brandt Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Dunlin
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin 
                                                                                     
Dunlin Landing: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

Monday, November 09:
 An American Tree Sparrow was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. 

Sunday, November 08:
A light phase Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and a Northern Shrike were seen at Nanoose Bay. 

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville
Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area

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The Tuesday bird walk on November 17 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on November 22, 2015 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: 
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.co

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