Sunday, 6 March 2016

Nanaimo bird report, March 06, 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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Sunday, March 06, 2016: 
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point in Nanaimo. The morning had a little bit of everything—it was cloudy with strong winds with heavy rain at times, lighter rain other times, and even a bit of sunshine with calm winds at times. We saw six Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding high up in the trees during the morning. Brandt Cormorants, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemots and Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait of Georgia. Five Trumpeter Swans flew low over the water heading up the Strait. 
 


                                                               Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-two birders saw and hear the following forty-seven species:
Trumpeter Swans
Canada Geese
Brant Geese
Great Blue Heron
Mallard
Bufflehead
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
  Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt Cormorant
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
California Gull
Western Gull
  Glaucous-winged Gull 
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
  Common Raven
  Northwestern Crow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
  Bewick's Wren
  Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  Anna's Hummingbird
  American Robin
    Varied Thrush
European Starling
  Spotted Towhee
  Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
  Dark-eyed Junco

Tuesday, March 01: 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Little Qualicum River Estuary.  The morning saw heavy rain, which made for a short stay at the Brant viewing station, before heading indoors for coffee. Then a very quick, wet visit to the estuary had quite a few Great Blue Herons hunched over waiting the storm out, and there was also one lone Snow Goose amongst the Canada Geese.

 

                                                               Great-blue Heron: Ralph Hocken Photo.

5 enthusiastic birders, including visitors from Edmonton and Seattle fleetingly saw 26 birds.  
Canada Goose
Snow Goose
Brant
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Dunlin
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Western Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
White-crowned Sparrow
House Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco 

Good Birding,
Rhonda Fleming
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 08 will see a return trip to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.  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 13, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Park in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at main parking lot at Rathtrevor 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
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.co

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