Sunday, 26 March 2017

Nanaimo bird report, March 26, 2017




Nanaimo bird report”

Explore Nature--Go Birding”

To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail thebirdstore@shaw.ca

Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sightings.

Sunday Bird Walk, March 26, 2017
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with heavy rain and very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. We heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler singing at the start of the walk. Harlequin Ducks, Bufflehead and Common Mergansers were on the Strait. A Downy Woodpecker was seen feeding on a bush just off the trail. American Robins were plentiful throughout the morning.   


American Robins: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eight birders saw and heard the following fifteen species: 
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
  Glaucous-winged Gull 
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
    Northwestern Crow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
   American Robin
  Spotted Towhee
  Song Sparrow

Saturday, March 25:  
Turkey Vultures have been seen over Colbourne Road in Nanaimo and Meridian Way in Parksville.

A Common Snipe was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Thursday, March 23:
Rufous Hummingbirds have been seen at feeders along Dolphin Drive in Nanoose Bay, along Morell Circle in Nanaimo, in the 800 block of Harewood Mines Road in Nanaimo, on Meridian Way in Parksville, the top of Colbourne Road in Nanaimo, in Ladysmith and two were seen at the Little Qualicum Village.  They are back!  Spring MUST be here!

Wednesday, March 22:
Rare Bird Alert”
An Indigo Bunting was seen visiting suet feeders in the 4900 block of Nicholas Street in Port Alberni.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen visiting a suet feeder near Christopher and McGirr in Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday Bird Walk, March 21, 2017
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with light rain and a light wind off the Strait Of Georgia. We saw hundreds of  Brant Geese offshore from Columbia Beach. Thousands of Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and newly arrived Bonaparte's Gulls were in the area all morning.  Numerous Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen on the Strait of Georgia.  A Brandt's Cormorant, a Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were observed further offshore. Over twenty Long-tailed Ducks were heading up the Strait.  Black Turnstones, Black-bellied Plovers were resting along the many big rocks along the shoreline. Song Sparrows, a White-crowned Sparrow, a Golden-crowned Sparrow and an Anna’s Hummingbird were seen just off the road. 

There are thousands of Surf Scoters, Gulls, Dunlin and Plovers at Parksville Bay today.
                                                                        
   Bonaparte's Gulls in flight; Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese
 Brant
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
 Long-tailed Duck
 Common Goldeneye
 Barrow's Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
 Horned Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Black-bellied Plover
 Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull,
California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
                                                    American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Red-wing Blackbird
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 House Finch
House Sparrow
                           
Brandt’s Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo:



Bird walks this week

The Tuesday bird walk on March 28, 2017 will be going to the Somass Estuary in Port Alberni. Meet at The Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Kids Playground at 8:30 a.m. or meet at the parking lot along Alberni Inlet & third Avenue in Port Alberni at about 9:15 a.m.(Follow Highway 4 into Port Alberni, go right to the tee intersection, turn left along third Avenue and park at the parking lot next to the Alberni Inlet

The Sunday bird walk on April 02, 2017, will be going to Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road off highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:25 a.m.

Revive the Nanaimo Naturalists’ Club
Monday April 3rd 2017 at 7 PM Vancouver Island University,
Building 180- Room 134.

 All welcome
Enjoy a great presentation by John Neville and help to get a naturalists’ club going again in Nanaimo

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo
  V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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