Monday, 16 October 2017

Nanaimo Bird Report October 15 2017

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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Sunday, October 15, 2017: 
This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to the Plummer Rd. side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The weather was sunny and calm, making for a good day of birding.  The highlight of the day was getting some great views of a Peregrine Falcon in adult plumage that chose to sit on a snag in the middle of the estuary for over an hour.


Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard
American Widgeon
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
California Gull
Killdeer
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Bonaparte Gull
Harrier Hawk
Pigeon Guillemot
Surf Scoter
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Horned Grebe
Redneck Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Harlequin Duck
Steller’s Jay
Dunlin
House Finch
White Crowned Sparrow
Green-winged Teal
Pine Siskin
Varied Thrush
California Quail
Peregrine Falcon
Western Meadowlark
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple finch


 Varied Thrush: John Morrison Photo.

October 8, 2017
A Varied Thrush was spotted near Nathan Rd. Nanaimo. A Wilson’s Snipe was reported in Brookwood Marsh.

October 11, 2017
A Wilson’s Snipe was seen near Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo.

October 12, 2017
A Mourning Dove was sited off Yon Place in Nanaimo.

October 13, 2017
A Sandhill Crane was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary.

October 14, 2017
A flock of Chipping Sparrows and a Snow Bunting were spotted at Piper’s Lagoon. A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen near Weeks Crescent in Nanaimo.
October 15, 2017
The Snow Bunting was reported to still be at Piper’s Lagoon.

October 14, 2017
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk
October 10, 2017:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk and then turned clear and sunny, making for a pleasant bird walk. Hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and singing Black Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia.  We spotted the first of the season Long-tailed Ducks just offshore.  Three Pigeon Guillimots, seven Ancient Murrelets and four Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait during the walk.  We watched a Merlin chasing a flock of crows high above a conifer tree near the trail.  Two Black Turnstones and seven Black Oystercatchers were seen on the gravel bar near the shore.

Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillimot
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
                                                               Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
White-crowned Sparrow
Anne’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch


Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 17, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum . 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 Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
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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 Sunday bird walk on October 22, 2017 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end or Raines Road at about 9:30a.m.
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     Good birding
       Nicole Renaud

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
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