Sunday, 17 December 2017

Nanaimo bird report, December 17, 2017



“MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR” 
FROM EVERYONE AT THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE. 

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 17, 2017  
The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with light rain showers and very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. Over fifty Brant Geese were spotted along the shoreline. A cloud of an estimated five hundred Dunlin lifted and flew along the shore giving us great views. We saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch, three Chestnut-backed Chickadees, five Golden-crowned Kinglets and two Ruby-crowned Kinglets feeding on bushes about six feet off the ground, next to the trail.
Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Six birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Brant Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Dunlin
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Varied Thrush
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
 Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Pine Siskin  
Brant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Saturday, December 16:
Over two hundred Pacific White-sided Dolphins were seen corralling herring at Nanoose Bay at 11:30 a.m. 

Tuesday, December 12:
Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday birds walk December 12, 2017:
The Tuesday went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of two Common Redpolls feeding in a tall birch tree next to the trail.  We heard a flock of Red Crossbills fly overhead.  We saw a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet moving very quickly in the trees along the trail.  A large flock of Brant Geese were spotted on the ocean. Ten Gadwall were seen near the shore line.  We had great views of a Hairy Woodpecker feeding in a tall conifer.  A Brandt’s Cormorant, several Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers were seen just offshore.


 Hairy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-two birders including two visiting birders from St. Albert, Alberta saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
Brandt Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Gadwall
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Common Murre
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Shrike
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
American Robin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Brewers Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Common Redpoll
Red Crossbill
House Finch
Pine Siskin
  Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo:  

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 19, 2017, will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 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 corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the Oceanside of Highway 19A in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday Bird walks will resume on January 07, 2018
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Good birding
Neil Robins 

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