Sunday, 21 January 2018

Nanaimo bird report, January 21, 2018




Nanaimo bird report, January 21, 2018:
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, January 21, 2018       
The Sunday bird walk was cancelled because of the wind and rain. 

Saturday, January 20:
Rare bird alert
Two Short-tailed Shearwaters were seen at the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.

Tuesday bird walk, January 16, 2018:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Deep Bay.
The morning was mostly cloudy with light showers but we finished the morning in sunshine and blue skies!  A large flock of Dunlin flew along the far shore.  We spotted a Pie-billed Grebe just off shore.  A Black-bellied Plover was seen resting on the gravel near the shoreline. A Black Oystercatcher was spotted further along the shoreline. We saw eight Long-tailed Ducks in different plumages swimming and diving not twenty yards off shore giving us great views.  A large flock of Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen further off shore. The two surprise sightings of the morning were an Rufous Hummingbird and a Chipping Sparrow seen just off the trail at the point.

Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:


Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Ancient Murrelet
Pie-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwestern Crow
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch  
                                            Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:       

The Tundra Swan continues to be seen in the fields near the corner of Church and Coldwater Roads in Parksville

Monday, January 15:
Five hundred Dunlin and one Sanderling were seen resting on the gravel bar at the far end of Parksville Community Park in Parksville. A Palm Warbler and a Yellow-rumped Warbler were seen in the trees in the same area. 

Please Note
Check this site early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

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The Tuesday Bird walk on January 23, 2018, will be going 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 oceanside of highway 19A) at about 9:10 a.m.
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The Sunday walk on January 28, 2018, will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot (near the lawn bowling greens) at Bowen Park 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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