Sunday, 27 March 2016

Nanaimo bird report, March 27, 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 27, 2016: 
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia, however midway through the walk the clouds dissipated and we finished off with the sun shining brightly.  Highlights included seen a large flock of Barrow’s Goldeneye and one Lesser Scaup near the shore. Over seventy Thayer’s Gulls and two Bonaparte’s Gulls were among the many gull species we saw during the morning. Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were spotted feeding next to the trail giving us excellent views.
 

Greater Scaup: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
  Bufflehead
Surf Scoter
Lesser Scaup
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Harlequin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-neck Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin

Tuesday, March 22:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Somass Estuary in Port Alberni. The morning was partly cloudy with calm winds and a few light showers. We saw a large number of Yellow-rumped Warblers singing and hawking insects throughout the morning. Song Sparrows were belting out their song and were very plentiful. A great number of Marsh Wrens perched and entertain us on the walk. Greater White-fronted Geese and Canada Geese were feeding in the fields. Bald Eagles along with Red-tailed Hawks circled high overhead.
 
                                                  Greater White-fronted Geese: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-seven birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
Greater White-fronted Geese
Gadwall
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
Green-wing Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-neck Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Virginia Rail
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin   

 

                                                  Marsh Wren: 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 March 29, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the Lions Club Kids Playground parking area at 9:00 a.m. ,or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.
 
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The Sunday bird walk on April 03, 2016 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot near the lawn bowling green at Bowen Park off Bowen Road at about 9:20 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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