Friday, 15 January 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016 Bird Report


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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Friday, January 01, 2016



White-throated Sparrow was sighted around Bluebell Terrace in Central Nanaimo



Sunday, January 4, 2016



Red Crossbills have been seen frequenting the area around Thunderbird Cres.



Sunday, January 09, 2016



12 Evening Grosbeaks were seen visiting a feeder on Rosstown Rd. and Brianwood Pl. near the Bailey Theatre

 



Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville, where the highlight on the sunny, calm wind day was watching a flock of chickadees, a golden-crowned kinglet and a ruby-crowned kinglet bathing in a water puddle along the camp ground road.



Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Mallard

Bufflehead

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Brant

Glaucous-winged Gull

Mew Gull

Bald Eagle

Pigeon Guillemot

Anna’s hummingbird

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Varied Thrush

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Black Turnstone

Black-bellied Plover

Dunlin

Red-breasted Merganser

Barred Owl

Red-necked Grebe

Northern Pintail

California Gull

Thayer’s Gull

Common Goldeneye

Ancient Murrlets

Common Merganser

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Harlequin Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Pacific Loon

Common Murre



Tuesday, January 05 2016



The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning started out cloudy and cool with calm winds.  Snow started to fall and became very heavy as the morning progressed.  The Strait of Georgia was clouded over with the heavy snow. The Black Scoters were singing for most of the morning.  We saw hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters just off shore. We were greeted by a large number of Long-tailed Ducks about ten feet off the point, along with a Pigeon Guillemot in winter plumage, making for an exciting bird watching experience.





Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo





Thirteen birders including a visiting birder from New Brunswick saw and heard the following fifty-three species:

Canada Geese

American Widgeon

 Mallard

Harlequin Duck

Bufflehead

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Greater Scaup

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Brandt’s Cormorant

Pigeon Guillemot

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Merlin

Black Oystercatcher

Killdeer

Black-bellied Plover

Black Turnstone

Mew Gull

California Gull

Thayer’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Rock Pigeon

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Northern Flicker

Anna’s Hummingbird

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick’s Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

Pine Siskin

House Sparrow



Long-tailed Duck: 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 January 12, 2016 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the parking area off Admiral Tyron Bld. at about 9:15am.

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The Sunday bird walk on January 16, 2016 will be going to the Nanoose Estuary. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the Nanoose Estuary at about 9:30 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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