Sunday, 28 February 2016

Nanaimo Bird Report, February 28 2016

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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Saturday, February 27, 2016:


Evening Grosbeak (Photo: Malcom)

An American Dipper was spotted at the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.

8 – 10 swallows were seen at Buttertubs Marsh

Some Cackling Geese were spotted at Piper’s Lagoon, blending in with 6 Canadian Geese


30 Evening Grosbeaks were spotted near Lowry’s Rd. in Parksville

Sunday, February 28, 2016: 

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh, where it was a wet, windy day. There were five hardy birders in total on the blustery day, one visiting from Alberta and one visiting from Seattle.


Belted Kingfisher (Photo: Ralph Hocken)
Five birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species.
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Mallard
Bufflehead
Ring-necked Duck
Bald Eagle
Pied-billed Grebe
California Quail
Glacous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Tuesday, February 23: 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny and the Strait of Georgia was calm. Two pair of Gadwall were on the river as the walk started. Many Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintail were resting on the mud flats. A large flock of migrating Canada Geese with one Cackling Goose flew over head eventually landing on the far side of the estuary. California Gulls, Mew Gulls, Thayer’s Gulls, one Western Gull and a large number of Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting on gravel bars along the estuary.  Barrow’s Goldeneye, American Wigeon and an Eurasian Wigeon were feeding along the side of a gravel bar not far from shore. Twenty Long-tailed Ducks and Surf Scoters were seen swimming further from shore. We saw hundreds of Brant Geese on the strait swimming and flying during the morning. We spotted three large flocks of Bushtits feeding on big Scotch broom bushes along the road.

 


Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-three birders, including visiting birders from Edmonton, Winnipeg and Seattle saw and heard the following fifty-eight species:
Brant
Cackling Geese
Canada Geese
 Mallard
Gadwall
Bufflehead
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
  Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
Long-tailed Duck
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
Brant’s Cormorant
Common Murre
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
California Gull
 Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Western Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Steller’s Jay
 Common Raven
 Northwestern Crow
Northern Flicker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hutton's Vireo
European Starling
Red-wing Blackbird
American Robin
 Spotted Towhee
House Finch
Purple Finch
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin   
 
California Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on March 01, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Community Park at the Lions Club Kids Playground Parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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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. *******************************************************************************
The Tuesday bird walk on March 01, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Community Park at the Lions Club Kids Playground Parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on March 6, 2016 will be going to Neck Point. Please meet at the Birdstore at 9:00am, or at Neck Point Park at about 9:15am. *************************************************************************************
Good birding
Neil Robins

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6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
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Phone: 250-390-3669
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Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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