Sunday, 6 December 2015

Nanaimo bird report, December 06, 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, December 06, 2015
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning started out with lots of rain, and a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of gulls were resting on the flooded area, including one Ring-billed Gull and one Hooded Merganser with a flock of Canada Geese. A Red-tailed Hawk was preening on a tall tree close to the trail.

Hooded Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Two birders saw and heard the following twenty-three species:
Canada Geese
  American Wigeon
Bufflehead
  Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Ring-billed Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
  American Robin
Northwestern Crow
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
 Fox Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco

Tuesday, December 01: 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with very strong cool winds from the south side of the Strait of Georgia. We saw Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters Long-tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye riding the wild surf on the water. Large numbers of Canada Geese, Mallard, American Widgeon and a Eurasian Widgeon were seen on the flooded French Creek. We watched as a big flock of House Finch rested and fed from a short berry bush close to the trail.

Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species:

Canada Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
                                                     Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Belted Kingfisher
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Rock Dove
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
                                           Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
                                                   House Sparrow 

House Finch: Ralph Hocken 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 December 08,
will be going to the Shelly Road side of Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Kids playground at  9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of Highway 19a  at about 9:05 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on December 13, 2015 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet at the birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the beach side of the church camp (off Arlington Road on the ocean side of highway 19a) in
Nanoose Bay at about 9:15 a.m.


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


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
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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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