Sunday, 8 October 2017

Nanaimo bird report, October 08, 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, October 08, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  The morning was cloudy with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  Three Harlequin Ducks and one Red-necked Grebe were seen on the Strait at the start of the walk. Twenty five Black Oystercatchers and two Black Turnstones were seen on the rocks just offshore.  Several Varied Thrushes,  a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Downy Woodpecker entertained us royally while they were feeding in an Arbutus tree just above the trail. 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Mallard
  Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
  Common Mergansers
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
  Double-crested Cormorant
  Pelagic Cormorant
  Great Blue Heron
    Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstones
Mew Gull
                                                                 California Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
  Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick's Wren
  Brown Creeper
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
  Song Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Harlequin Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:


The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was sunny and the winds were calm.  A Bald Eagle was spotted high in a conifer tree near the parking lot. Twelve Savannah Sparrows were perched in a bush next to the trail.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen hawking insects from a tall tree near the trail. A Merlin was spotted high in a conifer tree.  Twelve Horned Grebes, twenty Red-necked Grebes and five Western Grebes were seen not far from shore.  A large number of Pacific Loons, several Common Loons, four Double-crested Cormorants, six Pelagic Cormorants and one Pigeon Guillemot were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Two flocks of over one hundred Bonaparte's Gulls were seen heading up the Strait near the horizon.  A Brown Creeper was spotted climbing a fir tree next to the trail. Two Bewick’s Wrens were feeding on a small bush. Two Varied Thrush were spotted high up on a fir tree.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head and landed in a short tree giving us great views.  We had a great birding morning!  

Bonaparte's Gulls: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from California and Vancouver saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Pacific Loon
    Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
Iceland Gull
 California Gull
      Glaucous-winged Gull
     Northern Flicker
        Pileated Woodpecker
       Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow 
                                                Common Raven
                                      Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
                                                  Brown Creeper
                                         Red-breasted Nuthatch 
                                            Ruby-crowned Kinglet
                                         Golden-crowned Kinglet
                                         Yellow-rumped Warbler 
                                           Anna’s Hummingbird 
                                                American Robin      
                                                 Varied Thrush
                                                 Bewick’s Wren                                                                                                             Pacific Wren   
                                             European Starling  
                                              Spotted Towhee 
                                       Golden-crowned Sparrow 
                                        White-crowned Sparrow                                                                                                       Savannah Sparrow  
                                                 Song Sparrow
                                                Dark-eyed Junco  
                                                    Purple Finch
                                                    Pine Siskin 
                House Finch                        

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 10, 2017, will be going to Deep Bay. 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 lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35 a.m.

The Sunday Bird walk on October 15, 2017 will be going to The Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:30 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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Nanaimo B.C.
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Phone: 250-390-3669
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Email:
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