Sunday, 4 February 2018

Nanaimo bird report, February 04, 2018


Nanaimo bird report, February 04, 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, February 04, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning started out very foggy but finished with some sunny breaks. We were entertained for long periods as we watched a Hairy Woodpecker feeding on a tree trunk close to the trail and a Red-breasted Sapsucker  feeding low on a tree trunk near the trail.  A Merlin was perched at the top of a very tall conifer tree. We spotted an American Dipper splashing near the river’s shore before he moved to a tree stump and perched for the longest time.  An Anna’s Hummingbird came along and decided he shouldn’t be there and chased him away!  An entertaining sighting!  

American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard     
                                                  American Wigeon
American Dipper
Merlin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
House Sparrow  

Wednesday, January 31: 
A Mourning Dove was seen along the 100 block of Young Place in Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday birds walk January 30, 2018:   
The rain finally subsided and the Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods with calm winds—and no rain!  Brant Geese were spotted flying up the Strait of Georgia.  A Western Gull and two California Gulls, along with a large flock of Mew Gulls were seen on a gravel bar just off shore.  Four Gadwall were spotted along the Estuary.  A Sharp-shinned Hawk was perched on a stump not far from the trail.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head.  We spotted a Northern Shrike perched in a bush.  A large flock of Bushtits were seen feeding near the trail.  Three Western Meadowlarks were perched near the Community Park.  Three Virginia Rails were heard and one was seen next to the trail.
Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Fourteen birders including visiting birders from Seattle and North Vancouver saw and heard the following sixty species:
Brant 
Canada Geese
 Mallard
                                                                Northern Pintail
 Green-winged Teal
Gadwall
 Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Barrows Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
 Pacific Loon 
Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Pelagic Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Bald Eagle
 Coopers Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Shrike
Western Gull
 California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Iceland- Thayer's Gull
 Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
 Dunlin
 Black Oystercatcher
  Virginia Rail
Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Bushtit 
Belted Kingfisher
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Western Meadowlark
California Quail
Evening Grosbeak
Varied Thrush 
American Robin
Spotted Towhee 
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbills
Pine Siskin
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Meadowlark: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Two Eurasian-collared Doves were seen in the 700 block of Marina Drive in Parksville.

Thursday, January 25:
A Northern Shrike landed in a cherry tree along Meridian Way in Parksville.

A Merlin was seen perched in a tree at the corner of Despard Avenue and Meridian Way in Parksville.

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com)  early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled! 

The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 06, 2018 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground, parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am., or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 am.    ******************************************************************
The Sunday walk on February 11, 2018, will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at end of Raines Road 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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