Sunday, 13 November 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-*q
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, November 13, 2016: 

This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with light rain showers and the winds were very strong off the Strait of Georgia.  A flock of Dunlin and a very large flock of Green-wing Teal were feeding on the mud flats.  A flock of twenty Brant Geese flew up the strait. Two pairs of Gadwall were seen feeding along the edge of the river. We counted seven Bald Eagles stirring up the ducks and gulls during the morning.  A flock of four Barrow’s Goldeneye flew low over head.



Gadwall: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:

Brant

 American Widgeon

 Mallard

Gadwall

Greater Scaup

 Northern Pintail

 Green-winged Teal

 Harlequin Duck

Long-tailed Duck

 Surf Scoter

White-wing Scoter

 Bufflehead

Barrow’s Goldeneye

 Common Goldeneye

 Common Merganser

 Red-breasted Merganser

 Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

 Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

 Brandt’s Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

 Bald Eagle

 Cooper’s Hawk

Belted Kingfisher

Black-bellied Plover

Dunlin

Mew Gull

California Gull

 Thayer’s Gull

Herring Gull

 Glaucous-winged Gull

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Anna’s Hummingbird

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 American Robin

  Spotted Towhee

 Golden-crowned Sparrow

 Song Sparrow

 Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

House Finch 



Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk

November 08, 2016:

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay.  This morning was a mix of weather--cloudy with light rain showers, occasional sunny periods and very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  A flock of Snow Geese flew over head going down the Strait.  Four Barrow’s Goldeneye were seen swimming near shore.  A mixed flock of Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin along with one lone Black Turnstone landed on a gravel bar near shore giving us great views.  Large numbers of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes were seen on the water between the Deep Bay and Denman Island.


Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:

Brant
Snow Geese

Canada Geese

American Wigeon

 Mallard,

Greater Scaup

Harlequin Duck

 Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

 Black Scoter

 Long-tailed Duck

 Bufflehead

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

 Pacific Loon

 Common Loon

Western Grebe

 Horned Grebe

 Red-necked Grebe

 Brandt's Cormorant

 Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

 Great Blue Heron

 Bald Eagle,

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Killdeer

Black-bellied Plover

Dunlin

Black Turnstone

Bonaparte's Gull

Thayer's Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Mew Gull

California Gull

 Rock Pigeon,

 Eurasian Collared-Dove

 Belted Kingfisher

 Northern Flicker

 Northwestern Crow

 Common Raven

 Chestnut-backed Chickadee

 Golden-crowned Kinglet

 American Robin

 European Starling

Brewer’s Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

 Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

 House Sparrow

              


Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

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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 November 15, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the English River Estuary in Parksville.  Meet at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 am.

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The Sunday bird walk on November 20, 2016 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 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: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

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