Sunday, 11 February 2018

Nanaimo bird report, February 11, 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 11, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with some sunshine and finished off with rain showers.  We saw four sightings of Northern Shrike, and two Western Meadowlarks. A Red-tailed Hawk was perched on top of a tall snag giving us great views.

Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species:
Trumpeter Swan
American Widgeon
Green-wing Teal
Mallard
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Northern Flicker
Western Meadowlark
Steller’s Jay
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
House Finch 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, February 06, 2018:

Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds—and no rain!  We watched as a Yellow-billed Loon was swimming and diving off shore along the Strait of Georgia for a good portion of the morning.  There were many flocks of Pacific Loons, Common Loons and Brant Geese heading up the Strait. Large flocks of Harlequin Ducks, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, Wing-winged Scoters and Black Scoters  were spotted not far from shore. A Large flock of Western Grebes were seen further off shore.  A small flock of Brant Geese were right along the shore line. As a grand finale at the end the walk, two Trumpeter Swans flew high overhead heading down the island. 

Yellow-billed Loon: Ralph Hocken Photo:  

Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Ottawa, Seattle, North Vancouver and Red Deer saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Brant
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Wing-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
                                                                      Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Yellow-billed Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Western Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Common Murre
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Trumpeter Swans: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

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 13, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. (from Highway 19A turn onto Columbia Road and turn right at the tee intersection.  Go about one hundred feet along Admiral Tryon Blvd. to the parking lot on the left) at about 9:20 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 18, 2018 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 AM. Or at Buttertubs Marsh, on the Bowen Road entrance side at about 9:15 AM.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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