Sunday, 29 October 2017

Nanaimo bird report, October 29, 2017



BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669Or 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 29, 2017:  
This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to Nanoose Bay.  The morning was sunny with calm winds. Ten Bufflehead, one Barrow’s Goldeneye, twelve Common Mergansers, one Hooded Merganser and several Red-breasted Mergansers were seen close to shore.  A Red-tailed Hawk was spotted perched on a tall snag.   A Hairy Woodpecker was seen feeding in a tree near the trail.  Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding just off the trail.

Barrow’s Goldeneye: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-six birders saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Bufflehead
Northern Pintail
American Widgeon
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Saturday, October 28:
A Northern Shrike and six Western Meadowlarks were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Friday October 27:  
A Great Horned Owl and a Barred Owl were seen sitting on tree close to each other at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.  

Wednesday, October 25:  
A White-winged Crossbill was seen at the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird Walk, October 24:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville.. The morning was clear and sunny with calm winds, making for a very pleasant bird walk.  We had great views of a Great Horned Owl watching us as he perched next to the trunk of a tall tree just off the trail.  Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding on the trees along the trail.  We were entertained royally by the five Woodpecker species on the island during morning.  A Pileated Woodpecker was perched at the top of a tall tree, six Northern Flickers were seen throughout the morning, a Red-breasted Sapsucker flew in to give us a quick view, a Downy Woodpecker was seen feeding on the trunk of a tree and two Hairy Woodpeckers, one we had close-up looks at as he was pecking at a log on the ground just off the trail and the other was feeding on a deciduous tree trunk.  Four Eurasian Widgeons were in with a very large flock of American Widgeons

Eurasian Wigeon: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon 
American Wigeon 
Mallard 
Northern Pintail 
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Green-wing Teal 
Gadwall
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser 
Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon 
Common Loon
Horned Grebe 
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Bald Eagle 
Great Horned Owl
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull 
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull 
Anna's Hummingbird 
Belted Kingfisher 
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay 
Northwestern Crow 
Common Raven
California Quail 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Pacific Wren 
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
American Robin
European Starling 
Spotted Towhee 
Fox Sparrow  
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Brewer's Blackbird 
House Finch
Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo:

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 Tuesday Bird walk on October 31, 2017 will be going to the Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at Brandt viewing platform (off highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach) at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday walk on November 05, 2017 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:25 a.m.

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Good birding
Neil Robins

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
Blog: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

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