Sunday, 25 March 2018

Nanaimo bird report, March 25, 2018


Nanaimo bird report, March 25, 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, March 25, 2018:
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo..  The morning was sunny with calm winds. We saw and heard the following woodpeckers-
Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and Pileated Woodpecker all that we see in this area of the island. A Yellow-rumped Warbler was spotted high up in a tall tree just off the trail. Several single Bushtits were seen during the morning. We watched a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets gathering nesting material in a  tree across the river, and an American Robin was seen building a nest nearby.
Hairy Woodpecker:Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following twenty-eight species:
Mallard
Glaucous-wing Gull
Bald Eagle
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Steller’s Jay
Rock Dove
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
House Sparrow
Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Rare Bird Alert “King Eider”
A King Eider was seen in Qualicum Beach at the end of Whitmee Road.

A Rufous Hummingbird was visiting a backyard feeder along Boys Road in Duncan.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, March 20, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk stopped at the Brant Viewing Area in Qualicum Beach on our way to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  We estimated that we could see over twenty thousand Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Brant, Lesser Scaup and Greater Scaup on the Strait from the Brant viewing area.  A large raft of Long-tailed Ducks and Western Grebes were seen further off shore. Black Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers were resting along the shoreline.  There were two American Dippers on the Little Qualicum River at the fish hatchery.  Varied Thrush and American Robins entertained us with their singing all morning.  Red-breasted Sapsuckers were seen feeding from tree sap just off the trail.  Several Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen not far from the trail. We spotted six Bald Eagles circling high above us.

American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-two  birders including visiting birders from Ottawa and Saskatoon saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Goose
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Long-tailed Duck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
                                                            Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Murre
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Mew Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Iceland(Thayer's) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Turnstones
Black-bellied Plover
Bald Eagle
American Dipper
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

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

The Tuesday Bird Walk on March 27, 2018 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.

There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on April 01, 2018 as its Easter Sunday.( Check www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for the location of the April 08, 2018 Sunday Bird Walk)
Happy Easter!
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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