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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Nanaimo bird report, January 08, 2012

White-winged Scoter: 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

Sunday January 08, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with a wind. The big highlight of the morning was the sighting of a dark phased Rough-legged Hawk. We watched the hawk for the most part of the morning as it perched and hunted in the estuary. We were able to compare the Rough-legged Hawk with a Northern Harrier as they both flew over the estuary.
Fifteen birders including a visiting birder from Australia saw and heard the following twenty-eight species:
Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Shrike, Glaucous-winged Gull, Mew Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, , American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow and Golden-crowned Sparrow.

Saturday January 07:
A juvenile Bald Eagle was spotted flying over Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

A Cooper’s Hawk, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Merlin and a Red-tailed Hawk were seen on the 100 block of Meridian Way in Parksville.

A Tundra Swan and a Mute Swan were seen at Deep Bay.

Friday January 06:
Two Northern Flickers, one Northern Shrike, Pine Siskins, House Finch, Purple Finch, Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Juncos, European Starlings and American Robins are visiting backyard feeders along Farquhar Street in Nanaimo.

Thursday January 05:
A Bald Eagle, a Red-tail Hawk and three Anna's Hummingbirds were seen at Colliery Dam Park in Nanaimo.

Tuesday January 03:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. It was a blustery morning with clouds, rain and a strong wind. The surf was rolling off the Strait of Georgia all morning. Our highlights included seeing two Long-tailed Ducks flying right at us and then disappearing in the waves not far from shore. Pacific Loons and Common Murre were spotted flying further offshore. We spotted several Black Oystercatchers, one Greater Yellowlegs, over twenty Black Turnstones, two Sanderling, Mew Gulls, one Herring Gull, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and six Brant on the gravel bar at Pebble Beach. As we were returning to our cars, we watched as twelve White-crowned Sparrows and one House Finch bathed in a puddle of water on the side of the road.

Eight very wet and windblown birders, including two visiting birders from New Zealand and one visiting birder from Australia, saw the following thirty-five species:
Brant, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant,
Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, Mew Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow and House Finch.

Monday January 02:
Eleven California Quail were seen on a front lawn feeding below the bird feeders in the 2300 block of Brackenwood Place in Nanaimo.

A Townsend’s Warbler is visiting feeders along Lantzville Road in Lantzville.

Ten Black Turnstones, two hundred Brant Geese and two Bald Eagles were seen at Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.

Sunday January 01:
A Herring Gull, A Long-tailed Duck, A Thayer’s Gull and a Rhinoceros Auklet were seen off Neck Point in Nanaimo.

Nanoose Naturalists Meeting
Thursday, January, 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm.
Annual General Meeting and Members Night.
@ 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 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Estuary on January 10.
We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at viewing platform near Highway 19a and Garrett Road at about 9:15 A.M.
The Sunday bird walk on January 15 walk will be going to Nanoose Bay.
We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or near the beach behind the Church camp off Arlington Road and Highway 19 at about 9:20 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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