Sunday, 22 November 2015

Nanaimop bird report, November 22, 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 22, 2015
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was mostly cloudy, with some sunshine and calm winds. We saw and heard two Hairy Woodpeckers, four Downy Woodpeckers two Pileated Woodpeckers, several Northern Flickers and a Red-breasted Sapsucker throughout the morning. Many Varied Thrushes were seen during the morning. We had great close-up views of two Horned Grebe near the shore.

Hairy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species: 
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Bufflehead
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Brandt Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Spotted Sandpiper
Bald Eagle
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
                                                   Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick's Wren
Brown Creeper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow 

Saturday, November 21:
A Wilson’s Snipe was seen at Shelley Road side of the Englishman River (at the wet patch just after crossing the footbridge at the end of Mills Street) in Parksville. 

A Dusky Canada Goose and Two Snow Geese were seen in

with a flock of Canada Geese at the Community Park in Parksville.

Tuesday, November 17: 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning saw light rain with calm wind.  The tide was high with water over flowing the river. We saw Golden-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos feeding along the trail as we started the walk. A Red-breasted Nuthatch caught our attention as it was feeding next to the trail.  A Crackling Goose was in with the flock of Canada         Geese.                                                                                     
Fox Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seven birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Goose
Crackling Goose
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Goldeneye
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Common Murre
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewers Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin 

Red-neck Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

A Snow Bunting was spotted on the logs on the water side of the new kids playground near the shore at Rathtrevor Beach Park in Parksville. 

Monday, November 16:
A Snow Bunting was spotted on the logs on the water side of the new kids playground near the shore at Rathtrevor Beach Park in Parksville.

 

 Snow Bunting: John Purves Photo. 

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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 24, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club playground Parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on November 29, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road (on the ocean side of highway 19a ) in Parksville at about 9:25 a.m.

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 Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count,  Friday, 18th December 2015.

To sign up or ask questions, please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca 

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Parksville/Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 20, 2015.  

Please contact Sandra Gray, 250 248-5565 or saninerr@shaw.ca

 ************************************************************************************* Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca

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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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