Sunday, 5 November 2017

Nanaimo bird report, November 05, 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, November 05, 2017:  
This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. We heard a Trumpeter Swan and a flock of Canada Geese singing. We saw a Eurasian Wigeon in with a flock of American Wigeon near the shore. A Varied Thrush was spotted at the start of the walk. We had great sightings of a Western Meadowlark and a Northern Shrike along the community park fence line. A large flock of Harlequin Ducks and Common Goldeneye were seen just off shore.
Common Goldeneye: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Ten birders saw and heard the following sixty-one species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Eurasian Wigeon 
American Wigeon
Western Meadowlark
Mallard 
Northern Pintail 
Harlequin Duck
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Green-wing Teal 
Gadwall
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser 
Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Loon
Horned Grebe 
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Bald Eagle 
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Northern Shrike
Dunlin
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull 
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull 
Anna's Hummingbird 
Belted Kingfisher 
Northern Flicker 
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay 
Northwestern Crow 
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Pacific Wren 
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling 
Spotted Towhee 
Fox Sparrow  
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco 
Brewer's Blackbird 
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, October 31:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brandt viewing platform and Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was clear and sunny with calm winds, making for a very pleasant bird walk.  The highlight of the morning was when we sighted four Humpbacked Whales far offshore. The whales entertained us royally for an hour as we watched them spout and breach.  Two Western Grebes were spotted in with a flock of Buffleheads not far from shore.  A Long-tailed Duck flew just above the water heading down the Strait Of Georgia.  Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Mergansers and Black Scoters were seen not far from shore.  At Lot Ten we watched large numbers of Glaucous-winged Gulls feeding on fish carcasses along the river banks.

Bufflehead: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada Geese
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead
                                                       Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe 
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron 
Belted Kingfisher
Pigeon Guillemot
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher

Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull 
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle 
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Eurasian-collared Dove 
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
                                                       Common Raven
                                              American Robin
                                               Varied Thrush
                                             Bewick’s Wren
                                               Pacific Wren
                                     Chestnut-backed Chickadee
                                                Fox Sparrow
                                               Song Sparrow
                                             Spotted Towhee
                                              Dark-eyed Junco                                     
                                  Glaucous-winged Gull: Ralph Hocken 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.   *******************************************************************

The Tuesday bird walk on November 07, 2017 will be going to the Englishman River, Plummer Road side 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 corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday walk on November 12, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo . Meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at Neck Point in Nanaimo off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

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Good birding
Neil Robins

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6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
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