Sunday, 13 March 2016

Nanaimo bird report, march 13, 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 13, 2016: 
The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Park in Parksville. We were greeted with very strong winds and rain showers that continued for the morning. We spotted ten Brant Geese fly low over the high whitecaps and circle back to calmer waters. We had a close encounter with a large flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets feeding on the short bushes near the trail. They entertained us royalty and close up.
 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Four enthusiastic (but wet!) birders saw and heard   the following twenty-two species:
Canada Geese
Brant
 Mallard
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Friday, March 11:
Two Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen near the Brookwood Pond in north Nanaimo.

Several reports of Rufous Hummingbird have been seen in Parksville. 

Thursday, March 10: 
Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen in a backyard in Ladysmith. 

Tuesday, March 08:  
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with strong (surf up) winds off the Strait of Georgia. Large numbers of Brant Geese, Long-tailed Ducks, Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones and Black Oystercatchers were seen from the viewing platform in Qualicum Beach. Gadwall, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, large numbers of   Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, and Black Scoters were seen from the estuary. A Cooper’s Hawk was perched on a short snag. One Turkey Vulture and five Trumpeter Swans were seen on the way to the bird walk.

Twenty-four birders including visiting birders from Stratford, Winnipeg, Lac La Biche, Calgary and Seattle saw and heard the following fifty-five Species:
Brant
Canada Geese
Mallard
Gadwall
Bufflehead
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
  Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Horned Grebe
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Mew Gull
California Gull
Western Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Anna’s Hummingbird
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
American Robin
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Sparrow 
Black-bellied Plover and Black Turnstone: 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. *******************************************************************************The Tuesday bird walk on March 15, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at Parksville Bay 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 20, 2016 will be going to the Nanaimo river estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road 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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