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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Nanaimo bird report, January 23, 2011

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca

Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on this site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birding in Central and South America:
www.wildbirdtours.ca

Identify backyard birds:
National Geographic Bird Identifier Site
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/backyard-bird-identifier/

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching
with: http://www.birdingpal.org/

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.

Sunday January 23, 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and cool with calm winds. The Strait of Georgia was calm.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species of birds:
Canada Goose, Brant, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Belted Kingfisher , American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown Creeper, Red-winged Blackbird and House Finch.

‘Rare Bird Alert- Northern Mockingbird"
The Northern Mockingbird and a Red-breasted Sapsucker were seen along Dumont Road near Eyelash Road in Nanaimo.

Saturday, January 22:
"Rare Bird Alert- Northern Mockingbird"
The Northern Mockingbird is still along Dumont Road near Eyelash Road in Nanaimo.

"Rare Bird Alert-Grey Catbird"
A Grey Catbird is visiting a backyard suet feeder in North Nanaimo.

Tuesday January 18:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary north of Qualicum Beach. Light showers, but calm winds and calm seas were with us throughout the morning. The highlights included seeing a Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones and Dunlin from the viewing platform in Qualicum Beach. A large flock of Bushtits swarmed the Rose Bushes at the Estuary. Rafts of Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, over 300 Black Scoters, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye were just off shore. Further offshore there were thousands upon thousands of Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot and Marbled Murrelet in a huge raft as far as we could see in the scope.
Eight birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species of birds:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Belted Kingfisher, Northwestern Crow, Bushtit, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Red-winged Blackbird.


Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a bird please
call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ 250-390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
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Arrowsmith Naturalists meeting
Monday January 24, 7.30 pm at Springwood School in Parksville.
January is Members' night with photos, stories and a raffle.
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Nanoose Field Naturalists Meeting.
Thursday, February 10th, 7 pm in the Library on Northwest Bay Road.
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on January 25, 2011 will be going to Deep Bay. We will meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park, at the parking area in front of the Lions Playground at 9 A.M. or at the parking area at the marina at about 9: 35 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on January 30, 2011 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. We will meet at the Backyard Store at 9:00A.M. or at parking lot off Bowen Road at Buttertubs Marsh at about 9:20 A.M.
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD
Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.36621
250.390.1633 fax
thebackyard@shaw.ca
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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