Sunday, 1 October 2017

Nanaimo bird report, October 01, 2017




Nanaimo bird report”
Explore Nature ---Go Birding
To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail
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Sunday Bird Walk, October 01, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  Four Pied-billed Grebes, three Green-wing Teal, a flock of Ring-necked Ducks and American Widgeons were seen on the marsh at the start of the walk.  We spotted a young Red-tailed Hawk perched in a snag near the trail. Three more Red-tailed Hawks and three Turkey Vultures were seen flying overhead.  Several Yellow-rumped Warblers were feeding just off the trail.  A Varied Thrush was perched just off the trail.  We heard several Steller’s Jays squawking and then spotted a young Great Horned Owl who was being mobbed by the Jays.
Great Horned Owl: Lynda Stevens Photo:

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Geese 
Mallards
  Wood Ducks
 Green-wing Teal
Ring-necked Duck
American Widgeon
Hooded Merganser
  Pied-billed Grebe
 American Coot
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
Great Horned Owl
Turkey Vulture
  Band-tailed Pigeon
  Eurasian-collared Dove
  Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Common Raven
Northwester Crow
Steller’s Jay
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
  Pacific Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Dark-eyed Junco
Spotted Towhee
  Song Sparrow
  Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
  Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
  American Goldfinch 
 House Finch 

Saturday, September 30: 
Three Greater White-fronted Geese, three Ring-necked Ducks, one Greater Scaup and several yellow-rumped Warblers were seen at the Morningstar Pond in French Creek.

Friday, September 29:
A large flock of Black Swifts and several Northern Pygmy Owls were seen at Little Mountain in Parksville.

A White-throated Sparrow was seen in a backyard along Berry Point Road on Gabriola Island.


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. The morning was foggy with calm winds.  We spotted hundreds of Pacific Loons and Common Loons through the fog, on the water not far from shore. Ten Western Grebes and two Pigeon Guillemots were seen further off shore.  A Bald Eagle was perched high in a conifer tree.  A Merlin was being chased by a feisty Anna’s Hummingbird.  Several Black Oystercatchers were seen along the shore line.  Large numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstones as well as Iceland Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and two Herring Gulls were roosting along the gravel bar along with two Greater Yellowlegs.

Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Pigeon Guillemot
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Greater Yellowlegs
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone 
Western Sandpiper
Iceland Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
Steller’s Jay
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow 
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin 
Cedar Waxwing
Spotted Towhee
American Pipit
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
House Finch

Varied Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 03, 2017, will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial in Parksville. 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 main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday Bird walk on October 08, 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 at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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Nanaimo B.C.
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Email:
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