Sunday, 10 September 2017

Nanaimo bird report, September 10, 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, to leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

                  Sunday Bird Walk, September 10, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. Turkey Vultures flew over head all morning.  A Great Blue Heron, a Glaucous-winged Gull and a Pelagic Cormorant were perched on a island just off shore.  We spotted a young Red-breasted Sapsucker tapping on a tree near the trail.  A pair of Hairy Woodpecker put on a great show for us while they were feeding on a tall tree along the trail.  A family of Brown Creepers were feeding on a tree next to the trail.  A Fox Sparrow and a Song Sparrow played hide and seek with us for a long time.
Hairy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Ten birders saw and heard the following twenty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Double-crested Cormorant
  Pelagic Cormorant
  California Quail
Downy Woodpecker
  Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
                                                        Red-breasted Sapsucker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Brown Creeper
  Berwick’s Wren
American Robin
  Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 05, 2017
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and smoky with a light breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Barred Owl as it moved along the forest.   It stopped to look us over, giving us great views. We watched as Cedar Waxwings, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Cassin’s Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher came and went as they fed on a berry tree just off the trail.  We saw a Merlin perched on a big snag near the strait.  One Pigeon Guillemot and two Marbled Murrelets were seen near the shore heading down the Strait of Georgia.  Three River Otters were seen walking along a gravel bar.  We spotted Two Pacific White- sided Dolphins swimming just off shore going down the Strait. We watched in fascination as five Killer Whales headed up the Strait, diving and surfacing above the water.   Much to our enjoyment they turned around and headed down the Strait, doubling our pleasure. We were entertained for about forty-five minutes. 

It was a Whale of a Bird Walk this morning

Barred Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species: 
Canada Geese
Mallard
                                                                  Northern Pintail
Gadwall
Harlequin Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Barred Owl
Great Blue Heron
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
 California Quail
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Berwick’s Wren
  American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
 Willow Flycatcher
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 House Finch
 Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch

Five Killer Whales
Two Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Three River Otters

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 go to a different location in the Oceanside area.

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 12, 2017, will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the Lions Club Playground parking lot) at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday Bird walk on September 17, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Parking lot of Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
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Phone: 250-390-3669
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Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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