Sunday, 4 March 2018


Nanaimo bird report, March 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, March 04, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny with calm winds. We spotted a flock of Evening Grosbeaks high atop a very tall conifer tree just off the trail. Three Eurasian Wigeon’s were seen resting along the shore line. Buffleheads were very plentiful on the bay all morning. Large numbers of Green-wing Teal were spotted along the shore. A Northern Shrike was perched in a bush overlooking the shore. 
Evening Grosbeak: John Purves Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Brant Geese
Canada Geese
Eurasian Wigeon
American Widgeon
Green-wing Teal
Mallard
Surf Scoter
Northern Pintail
 Horned Grebe
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Northern Shrike
Northwestern Crow
Turkey Vulture
Common Raven
European Startling
American Robin
                                                         Red-winged Blackbird
Evening Grosbeak
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, February 27, 2018:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. One Black-bellied Plover and five Black Oystercatchers were seen along the shore at the Brant Viewing Platform off Highway 19A. Long-tailed Ducks,  Red-necked Grebes, Horned Grebes, Common Loons and Pacific Loons were seen further off shore. Six Orca’s ( Killer Whales) were seen far off shore and entertained us for a long time. A mixed flock of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were spotted just past the gravel bar at the estuary.  Large numbers of Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup were seen just off shore.  A Herring Gull and a Western Gull were perched in with a huge mixed flock of Gulls.

Black Oystercatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Seattle, Calgary and Red Deer saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Geese
Brant
Mallard
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Common Loon 
Pacific Loon
Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland(Thayer's) Gull
Herring Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Ancient Murrelet
Bald Eagle
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Sparrow
Surf, White-winged and Black Scoters: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Please Note
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 06, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the ocean side of Highway 19A at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on Marsh 11, 2018 will be going to Neck Point in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 AM. Or  the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road 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
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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