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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Nanaimo bird report, November 04, 2010

   Gadwall: 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

Sunday, November 04, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was foggy. The highlights included seeing six Gadwall and large numbers of Wood Ducks and Canada Geese.

Nine birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Mallard, Hooded Merganser,  American Widgeon, Gadwall,  Wood Duck,  Ringed-necked Duck, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Shrike, Great Blue Heron, Glaucous-winged Gull, California Gull, Northern Flicker, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Band-tailed Pigeon, American Robin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Bushtits, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Marsh Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird,Brewer’s Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow.

Friday, November 02:
A Northern Shrike was seen perched on a fence overlooking a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville. 

Twenty-eight Trumpeter Swans were seen in a flooded field to north-west of Corcan Road near the Little Qualicum Village: 

Fifty-three Hooded Mergansers, were seen in a field  along the Old Alberni hwy between Coombs and Hilliers, in the next field in a flooded lowland there were twenty-seven Trumpeter Swans and six Greater White-fronted Geese. 

Thursday November 01:
 A Mountain Bluebird was seen Laguna Way, above Gulfview Drive in the new section with no houses in Nanaimo. 

A flock of about one hundred Trumpeter Swans were seen in a farmer’s field behind the Cedar Hall on Cedar Road in Cedar. 

Northern Shrike, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier and two Short-eared Owls flying low over the meadow on the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary. 

Male and female Canvasback Ducks were seen at Morningstar pond in French Creek. 

A Barred Owl was perched on power line over road and thirty Trumpeter Swans flew over Corcan Road at Little Qualicum Village. 

Wednesday, October 31:
A Canvasback Duck was seen at Morningstar Ponds in French Creek. 

Tuesday, October 30:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with fog but the winds were calm. The bird of the morning was the sighting of a Short-eared Owl perched on a big log in the meadow, giving us great views through the spotting scopes. The Owl stayed in one spot for about thirty minutes, only turning it’s head to look at us and check for prey. Twenty-five Trumpeter Swans flew over heading east. Two Snow Geese were following three Trumpeter Swans heading down the Island. A flock of forty Greater White-fronted Geese flew low overhead going towards Victoria. We spotted a Northern Shrike perched atop a conifer tree at the point at the Surfside R.V. Resort. We saw four Pileated Woodpeckers throughout the morning. One female and three male Eurasian Widgeon were feeding in with the American Widgeon on the tide line. A pair of Common Goldeneye and several Long-tailed Ducks were seen further offshore. It was a great morning for birds!
Eleven birders saw and heard the following sixty species:
Trumpeter Swan, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Eurasian Widgeon, American Widgeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye,
Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Doubled-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Short-eared Owl,
Dunlin, Killdeer, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin. 

A flock of forty-five greater White-fronted Geese were heading west over Meridian Way in Parksville. 

One hundred and twenty Greater White-fronted Geese were spotted low over Meridian Way in Parksville heading down the island.
Sunday October 28:
A Wilson’s Snipe was spotted this morning on the lawn of one the waterfront
homes in Columbia Beach. 

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. *************************************************************************************
The Tuesday bird walk on November 06 will be going to Deep Bay. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at parking area at the Deep Bay Harbour at about 9:35 A.M.

There will not be a Sunday Bird Walk on November 11.

The Sunday Bird Walk on November 18, 2012 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Raines Road at about 9:30 A.M.
Nanoose Naturalists meeting, --- Thursday November 8th at 7:00PM in the Nanoose Library - speaker is Joe Crichton on "Birds of the Tropics"

Christmas Bird Count—Parksville/Qualicum Beach, December 16, 2012.

Contact Sandra Gray at saninerr@shaw.ca or phone 250-248-5565

Christmas Bird Count----Nanaimo, December 30, 2012
Contact Ryan Cathers at ryancathers@yahoo.com or phone 250-714-3947.
Christmas Bird Count - Lantzville (Nanoose estuary) and Nanoose Bay area - Friday December 14th - contact Rhys Harrison (250) 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca 

Good birding
Neil Robins


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