Sunday, 24 September 2017

Nanaimo bird report, September 24,2017


Nanaimo bird report”

Explore Nature ---Go Birding
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                  Sunday Bird Walk, September 24, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. Over ten Northern Shoveller’s were seen just off shore. Three Horned Grebes, one Red-necked Grebe, four Western Grebes, three Pacific Loons, three Common Loons, a Double-crested Cormorant and a Brandt’s Cormorant were seen further offshore. The Sea Birds are returning for the winter!
Five American Pipit’s were seen feeding along the gravel bar. Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding just off the trail, at the end of the walk. We watched in fascination as two Hump-backed Whales near the horizon were  spouting and flashing their tails as they swam down the Strait of Georgia.



American Pipit: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Mallard
Northern Shoveller
Northern Pintail
Harlequin Duck
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter 
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe 
 Pacific Loon 
  Common Loon 
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull 
Black-bellied Plover
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Steller‘s Jay
Band-tailed Pigeon
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
American Pipit
Spotted Towhee 
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 19:

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum BeachThe morning was cloudy with calm winds. We saw flocks of Canada Geese, Surf Scoters, and White - winged Scoters, Black Scoters, several Common Loons, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes from the Brant viewing platform. A Parasitic Jaeger was spotted heading up the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Oystercatchers and several Black Turnstones were seen feeding along the shore line. Two Yellow-rumped Warblers, entertained us along the walk to the river. We spotted a Merlin perched in a tall snag near the trail. We saw twenty Great Blue Herons along the tide line during the morning. A Ring-billed Gull, several Mew Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen along the gravel bars.

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Six birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Parasitic Jaeger
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Pipit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Brewer’s Blackbird
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
House FinchAmerican Goldfinch

Black Turnstone: Ralph Hocken Photo:

                                                Wednesday, September 20: 
A Green-wing Teal and a Golden-crowned Sparrow were seen along Brookwood Marsh in Nanaimo.

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 26, 2017, will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Bld. (Turn off highway 19a at Columbia Drive. Turn right onto Admiral Tryon Bld. and go about 100 yards to the parking area) meet at about 9:20 a.m.

The Sunday Bird walk on October 01, 2017 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Park Road at about 9:15 a.m.
                                                                    Good birding
Neil Robins

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