Friday, 23 December 2016

Nanaimo Bird Report - December 23 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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Holiday Announcements:
The store will be closed on December 25 and 26

Sunday bird walks will resume January 8 2017

Tuesday bird walks will resume January 3 2017

The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count is on December 30, and we have the bird feeder count data sheets available in store.

 
Photo: Townsends Warbler on Hummingbird Feeder

Tuesday December 20 2016
 The Parksville/Qualicum Beach bird walk went to the Shelley Road side of the Englishman Estuary. Road conditions limited participation, trails were slippery, tide was very high and wild rose and blackberry bushes had collapsed over portions of the trail, resulting in more bushwhacking than expected. A quiet day, but sunny and warm. We had great views of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Pacific Wren feeding on the trail in front of us. Conspicuous in their absence were Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron and Steller’s Jay.

Photo: White-winged Scoter (R. Hocken)

4 determined intrepid birders saw and heard the following 27 species:

American Wigeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Good Birding,
Graham Gillespie
Nanaimo


Photo: Golden-crowned Kinglet (R. Hocken)



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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 January 3, 2017 will be going to Columbia Beach near French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00am or at the parking lot on Admiral Tyron Blvd at about 9:10am.

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The Sunday bird walk is taking a vacation and will resume on January 8 2017. Happy holidays everyone!
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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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