The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk.

Sunday 22 October 2017

Nanaimo bird report, October 22, 2017


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Sunday, October 22, 2017:  
This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
The morning started with light showers but cleared up for the rest of the morning.  We spotted a Northern Shrike in a bush near the parking lot and saw several more during the morning.  Common Ravens were very plentiful flying high overhead during the walk.  Several Western Meadowlarks were perched in short bushes giving us great views.  We had several sightings of a Northern Harrier.

Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twelve birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Great Blue Heron
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Northern Shrike
Belted Kingfisher
Wilson’s Snipe
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 European Starling
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Western Meadowlark
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco 
 House Finch
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch

Northern Harrier: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Saturday, October 21:  
A Short-eared Owl was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

An unconfirmed sighting of a White-breasted Nuthatch was reported along Alice Place near Stephenson Point.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 17, 2017
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk but it turned clear and sunny later on---making for a pleasant bird walk.  We spotted an American Kestrel high up in a tall conifer tree.  A Brandt’s Cormorant and a Long-tailed Duck were seen just off shore heading up the Strait of Georgia. Twenty-five Bald Eagles were seen during the walk, many right along the shore line.  A Ring-billed Gull, two Herring Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were seen during the morning.  A large flock of Red-breasted Mergansers flew low over the water heading down the Strait. 

                                                    Bald Eagle: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Goose
 American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
  Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
American Kestrel
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
 Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
 Eurasian-collared Dove
European Starling
Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 House Sparrow

Glaucous Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo:

A Wilson’s Snipe was seen in a backyard along Parton Drive in Nanaimo.

Monday, October 16:
A Rufous Hummingbird was seen in the 4900 block of Homestead Way in Ladysmith.

A Palm Warbler saw spotted at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

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.

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 24, 2017, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary 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 end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday bird walk on October 29, 2017 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at beach near the Church Camp off highway 19 and Arlington Road at about 9:15 a.m.     
    Good birding
Neil Robins      
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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