Sunday, 24 January 2016

Nanaimo bird report, January 24, 2016

 

BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
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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January 24, 2016
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning started out foggy but soon the sun was shining. The river was running full and forceful. We watched as a Common Merganser dove into the falls and then reappeared down the river.  Bewick's Wrens and Pacific Wrens entertained us with their singing throughout the morning.  A Varied Thrush was tossing leaves just off the trail as the walk ended.
Twenty-one birders saw and hear the following nineteen species.
Mallard
Common Merganser
Glaucous-winged Gull
American Dipper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbills
Pine Siskin

Thursday, January 21.
Evening Grosbeaks were seen near Chase River and Douglas Avenue in Nanaimo.    

Tuesday, January 19.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was partly sunny with calm winds making for a good day of birding.
A large number of Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers and one lone Dunlin greeted us at the viewing tower.  There was a flock of Ancient Murrelets further off shore. We had the unusual sighting of four River Otters swimming and playing at the mouth of the river. There were also many Seals offshore keeping an eye on us. The trees around the estuary were loaded with Bald Eagles.  Four Trumpeter Swans and large numbers of Great Blue Herons were resting on the estuary. Hundreds and hundreds of Pacific Loons and Common Murre were flying down the Strait of  Georgia.                                                                    
Twenty birders saw and heard the following sixty species:
Canada Goose
Snow Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Mallard
American Widgeon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Ancient Murrelet
California Quail
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
House Sparrow     

Monday, January 18.
Fifteen Red Crossbills were seen in Saltair.   

Saturday January 15.
Common Redpolls and a Lincoln’s Sparrow were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.  

Wednesday, January 13.
A Clark’s Grebe was spotted offshore at Columbia Beach. 

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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 January 26, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids 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 January 31, 2016 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road 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
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.co

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