Sunday, 3 December 2017

Nanaimo bird report, December 03, 2017



BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or 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 bird walk, December 03, 2017  
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy and cool. Two Trumpeter Swans flew high over head. Several Varied Thrush were spotted high in a conifer tree just off the trail. A Hairy Woodpecker was seen feeding in a tall tree.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker was seen perched in a tall conifer. Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen chasing each other near the trail. Many Double-crested Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants and a Brandt’s Cormorant were seen resting on the oyster beds offshore. Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers and Hooded Mergansers were seen on the Nanoose Bay during the morning.

                                             Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.
            
Twelve birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Trumpeter Swan
Mallard
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
                                                   California Gull
                                            Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
California Quail
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pacific Wren
Berwick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco 
Pine Siskin
Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Wednesday, November 29:
Two Turkey Vultures were seen circling above Highway19a near French Creek.

Monday, November 27:
A Palm Warbler was seen in a backyard at Eaglecrest in Qualicum 
Beach
Please Note
Check this site early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday bird walk on December 05, 2017 will be going to Columbia Beach in French Creek, depending on the weather! 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 area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. (turn onto Columbia Drive off highway 19a then turn right onto Admiral Tryon Blvd.  Go about one hundred yards and turn left to the parking area) at about 9:15 a.m.
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The Sunday walk on December 10, 2017 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo, depending on the weather. Meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Buttertubs Marsh, main parking lot off Bowen Road at about 9:15 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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