Sunday, 20 December 2015

Nanaimo bird report, December 20, 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 20, 2015
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh. The morning was mostly sunny with a few clouds and the wind was calm. A large flock of Ring-necked Ducks were seen on the marsh. We spotted a Barred Owl perched next to the trail giving us great views. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet kept us entertained feeding just off the trail. At the top of a tall tree we saw a young Northern Shrike, the Shrike did not have his mask yet but was very light coloured and looked us over before flying off.
Barred Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Canada Geese
Cackling Goose
 Mallard
Bufflehead
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck
American Widgeon
Pied-billed Grebe
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
 Barred Owl
Northern Shrike
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Great Blue Heron
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Eurasian collared-Dove
  Common Raven
 Northwestern Crow
Steller’s Jay
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
  Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Red-winged Blackbird
 Brewer’s Blackbird
 Dark-eyed Junco
 American Goldfinch
 House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Saturday, December 19:
“RBA-REDWING”
A Redwing as in Eurasian thrush was seen in trees near 3940 S. Valley drive in Victoria.

Evening Grosbeaks were seen near Townsite Road and Graham Road in Nanaimo.
Tuesday, December 15: 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning started with light rain and calm winds but the rain stopped after a short while and we had a pleasant morning for the walk. Several flocks of Brant Geese flew past during the morning. We discovered a mixed flock of Black Turnstones and six Surfbird feeding along the shoreline at the point. Several Common Murre, two Marbled Murrelets, two Long-tailed Ducks and a Pigeon Guillemot were seen further off shore giving us good views.



 
                                                                                                        Surfbirds: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
 Mallard
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Brant
 American Widgeon
Long-tailed Duck
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
 Mew Gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Great Blue Heron
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Surfbird
 Black Turnstone
  Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Varied Thrush
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Pacific Wren
 Brown Creeper
 Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
Red Crossbill
                                   Dark-eyed Junco                                                                                                           

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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 22 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park, near the Lions Club Kids Playground 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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There will be no Sunday bird walk on December 27, 2015

“MERRY CHRISTMAS “

                 From all of us at the birdstore, Colin,                        Denise, Nichole, Carol, Ralph, Marilynne and Neil
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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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