Sunday, 4 November 2018

Nanaimo bird report, November 04, 2018


Nanaimo bird Report, November 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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The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was mostly sunny with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. A Northern Harrier was spotted flying low over the fields at the start of the walk.  A flock of Snow Geese and Cackling Geese flew overhead. A Red-tailed Hawk circled high over head. We saw three Northern Shrike perched on short bushes during the morning. The bird of the morning was the sighting of a Swamp Sparrow that was seen close to the viewing tower. An American Tree Sparrow was spotted in the same area. Several White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Spotted Towhees and Dark-eyed Juncos were seen in the field next to the river.








Swamp Sparrow: Photo by John Morrison:

Twelve birders including visiting birders from Comox saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Snow Geese
Cackling Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Green-wing Teal
Common Goldeneye
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Belted Kingfisher
Western Meadowlark
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch

Wednesday, October 31:
A Ross’s Goose and a Snow Goose were seen near the Nanaimo Yacht Club in Nanaimo. 

A Swamp Sparrow was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 30, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. 
The morning was cloudy with very calm winds on the Strait of Georgia.  One Trumpeter Swan was spotted not far from us on the bay. A Brandt’s Cormorant was spotted on the Strait.   Flocks of Canada Geese, American Widgeon and Northern Pintail flew overhead heading down the Strait. Several flocks of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen on the Strait all morning. Five Pigeon Guillemots and four Marbled Murrelets were seen resting on the water not far from us. The seabirds are back for the winter!  A lone Willow Flycatcher, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Golden-crowned Kinglet  were seen in a tree near the trail.


Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty- four Species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Bufflehead
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland Gull(Thayer's Gull)
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Willow Flycatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
Black Scoter:  Ralph Hocken Photo: 
A Harris’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow three Palm Warblers and Thirteen Snow Geese and over one hundred Cackling Geese, were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
Sunday, October 28:
 Six Steller’s Jays were seen in Ladysmith.

Monday, October 29:
A Steller’s Jay was seen near the Jingle Pot Pub in Nanaimo.

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 November 06, 2018 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Estuary.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking lot at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.

“There will be no Sunday bird walk on November 11, 2018”
The Tuesday Bird Walk on November 18, 2018 will be going to Buttertubs Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 am or at Buttertubs Marsh at the Bowen Road side of Buttertubs at about 9:15 am. 
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. 
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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