Monday, 3 October 2016

Nanaimo bird report, October 02

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, October 02, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with rain at the first of the morning, but soon turned sunny with calm winds. We were greeted with large flock of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings at the start of the walk.  A very large raft of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, one Black Scoter and two Greater Scaup were seen off shore. Three Western Grebes, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes were on the Strait of Georgia.  A large number of Savannah Sparrows were feeding on the shore line giving us pause for great views.

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Nine birders including a visiting birder from Stratford Ontario saw and heard the following forty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 27, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  The morning was sunny with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Two birders saw four Killer Whales at about 9:00 a.m. from Shorewood Drive close to the mud flats in San Pariel.  They spotted one large adult and three smaller whales about half way across the strait.   A Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrows, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, a White-crowned Sparrow, several House Finch and Purple Finch were seen at the start of the walk. A Black-bellied Plover, two Least Sandpipers, two Western Sandpipers and three Killdeer were feeding on the mud flats.  A flock of American Widgeons, Surf Scoters, Horned Grebe, one Red-necked Grebe, several Harlequin Duck, two Common Loons and three Pacific Loons were spotted on the strait.

Black-bellied Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Harlequin Duck
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Great-blue Heron
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Killdeer
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Red-wing Blackbird
American Goldfinch
 
Monday, September 26,
A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen at the top of Little Mountain in Parksville.

 

 
Northern Pygmy Owl: John Purves Photo.

 

A flock of Sandhill Cranes were seen above highway 19a in Parksville near the Knox United Church.

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016
A Red-Tailed Hawk was soaring about Edgewood Estates above Departure Bay in Nanaimo. 

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  We leave from the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and go to a different location in the Oceanside area.

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The Tuesday bird walk on October 04, 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 area on Admiral Tryon Bld. off Columbia Drive in French Creek at about 9:15 a.m.  

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The Sunday bird walk on October 09, 2016 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot off Hammond Bay Road Park at about 9:20 a.m.

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Trumpeter Swan Conference in Duncan

                              http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/2016-conference.html

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Reporting Collared Canada Goose Sightings

Hello fellow birders:

As part of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding project, we banded and collared 200 Canada Geese around Nanaimo last June.  This banding effort is part of an undergraduate research project by VIU biology student Stew Pearce, with main objective to determine the abundance, distribution and movement of geese in the Nanaimo area.  The geese have white neck collars with black lettering that ranges from 000P to 199P.

We are conducting regular surveys to track geese, but we hope to increase the number of collared goose sightings by encouraging birders and members of the public to report their sightings through our project website - https://wordpress.viu.ca/gooseproject/.  There is a simple form to fill out to report sightings.  We are interested in any sightings of these geese, whether in the Nanaimo area or elsewhere, including the number of “uncollared” geese they may associated with.

We appreciate your help with this project.  Feel free to contact us off list to find out more about the project or results so far (stew.pearce@shaw.ca).

Eric Demers, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.
Biology Department
B.Sc. Degree Advisor
Vancouver Island University

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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: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

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