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Monday, 19 December 2011

Nanaimo bird report, December 18, 2011

Harlequin Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca

From all of us at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store
Denise, Colin, Ralph, Natalie, Ryan, Neil and Marilynne

Sunday December 18, 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was partly sunny with a strong biting winds off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing several Common Redpolls in with a flock of Pine Siskins high up in an Alder Tree. A Spotted Sandpiper was busy pumping it’s tail on driftwood away from the rough seas next to Sunset Beach.
Twelve birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Mallard, Bufflehead, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Horned Grebe, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Spotted Sandpiper, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Bald Eagle, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwest Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Anna's Hummingbird, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Song Sparrow, Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin.

Saturday December 17:
A Snowy Owl was observed as it was being harassed by a flock of Northwestern Crows at the Parksville Community Park in Parksville. (Please use caution and keep well away from the owls if you see them, as they are young ones who have left their homes on the arctic tundra in search of food and may well be weak and starving.)

Friday December 16:
A Northern Goshawk was seen in a large Dogwood tree near the intersection of Kennedy and Albert Street in south Nanaimo. It was seen feeding on something in the tree and there was a band noticed on one leg. Please let us know if you see this bird.

Wednesday December 14:
A Northern Goshawk was seen in a large Dogwood tree near the intersection of Kennedy and Albert Street in south Nanaimo.

Tuesday December 13:
The Tuesday 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 highlights included seeing two juvenile Glaucous Gulls, a Herring Gull, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and a Eurasian Wigeon from near the viewing platform. A Northern Harrier flew low across the estuary three times searching for prey and a Peregrine Falcon was perched in a tall conifer tree not far from us. A colourful male Purple Finch landed in a bush next to the trail and gave us great views.
Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Canada Geese, Brant, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser,
Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Mew Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Glaucous Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit,, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer's Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

A small flock of Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Beaconsfield Road and Howard Avenue in Nanaimo.

Two Evening Grosbeaks were seen near Forest Crescent and Highway 19 in Nanaimo.

Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
January, 2012 at 7:30 pm.
@ The Library Centre along Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay
Arrowsmith Naturalist Meeting
Monday, January 23, 2012 at,7:30 pm. Members night.
Springwood Middle School, Parksville.
Everyone is invited 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.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on December 20th will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville (on the one ocean side of highway19a) at about 9:10 A.M.

There will be no Tuesday Birdwalk on December 27. We will resume on January 3, 2012 and will be going to Columbia Beach. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking area of Admiral Tyron Bld.
There will no Sunday Birdwalk on December 25 or January 1, 2012.
We will resume on Sunday, January 08, 2012 and will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
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Will be held on Wednesday December 28th, 2011.
Organizers are looking for as many backyard feeders counter and field observers as possible.
Contact the Birdstore at 250-390--3669 or email us at: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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