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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Nanaimo bird report, December 02, 2012


Black Turnstone: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT -----” GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”

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, December 02, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and with calm winds. The highlights included seeing a large flock of Black Turnstones on the rocks off shore and another flock flew towards Sunset Beach low over the water. We saw large numbers of Pacific Loons on the water. Five Trumpeter Swans flew right above us giving us great views.

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Trumpeter Swans, Mallard, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Merganser,  Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant,  Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Bonaparte’s Gull, California Gull, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,  Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Spotted Sandpiper,  Anna's Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Brown Creeper,  Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Pine Siskin.
 
Saturday, December 01,
“Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail”
The Citrine Wagtail is still being seen in Courtenay.
Directions to specific location: From Courtenay, cross the 17th St bridge (Courtenay River). Turn right onto Comox Road (Dyke Rd) until the Pumping Station on the right hand side of the road. There is a dirt road across the road with a For Sale sign on the left. Walk up the dirt road towards the steel chain blocking vehicle access. The Wagtail has been observed to the right of the dirt road, about one hundred meter’s further along past the cable gate accessed by two boards. 

Friday, November 30:
A Snowy Owl was seen near Meredith Road and Forest Drive in Nanaimo. 

Thursday, November 29:
Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Ingram Road in Cedar. 

Tuesday, November 27:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly clear and the sea was calm. We spotted a small flock of Red Crossbills land on top of a conifer at the Parksville Community Park parking lot to start the morning off on a good note. The Salmon spawn has begun and there were several salmon carcasses along the beach. We could see the fins of a large number of Sea Lions above the water on the Strait. There were thousands upon thousands of birds on the water, including hundreds of Common Goldeneyes, Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons and Common Loons. We counted eighty-six Bald Eagles perched on trees and on the gravel bars. There were a large number of Trumpeter Swans at the mouth of the Little Qualicum River. We saw three Bonaparte's Gulls throughout the morning. 
 
Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter,
Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon,
Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull,
Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Rock Pigeon, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird.
 

“ Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail”

The Citrine Wagtail is still being seen in Courtenay.

Directions to specific location: From Courtenay, cross the 17th St bridge (Courtenay River). Turn right onto Comox Road (Dyke Rd) until the Pumping Station on the right hand side of the road. There is a dirt road across the road with a For Sale sign on the left. Walk up the dirt road towards the steel chain blocking vehicle access. The Wagtail has been observed to the right of the dirt road, about one hundred meter’s further along past the cable gate accessed by two boards. 

Over twenty Brown pelicans were seen in the inner harbour in Victoria. 

Monday, November 26:
A Northern Shrike was seen on the Morningstar Golf Course in French Creek. 

Sunday, November 25:

An Osprey was spotted heading south over Maxey Road in East Wellington, in south Nanaimo. 

Evening Grosbeaks were seen in Yellowpoint in Cedar. 

Forty Red Crossbills were seen along Stephenson Point in Nanaimo
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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 December 04, will be going to the Englishman River
Estuary, Shelly Road side. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the
 parking lot near the Lions Playground at 9:00 A.M. or at the ocean side end
 of Shelly Road about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on December 09, 2012 will be going to Nanoose Bay.
We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on the
beach near the Church Camp off Arlington Road and highway 19 at about 9:15 A.M.
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Christmas Bird Count - Lantzville (Nanoose estuary) and Nanoose Bay area –
Friday December 14, 2012
Contact Rhys Harrison at rhysharrison@shaw.ca
or phone (250) 248-5305
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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—Duncan, January 1,2013.
Contact Derrick Marven at marven@shaw.ca or phone 250-758-8504
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Subject: "SeaBC" Sea Bird Count Event
I'd like to encourage fellow birders to participate in this year's "SeaBC Sea Bird
Count." You can participate in November, December or January. Hitch a coastal or
offshore ride with a sailing or fishing buddy, or count while chartering or taking
a cruise. This citizen science project, in its second year, is organized by a
group of nine long-distance birding sailors from around the world, including
Wendy Clarke, Diana Doyle, Brenda Free, Yvonne Katchor, Beth Leonard,
Katharine Lowrie, Devi Sharp, Jeanne Socrates, and Dorothy Wadlow.
Last year's inaugural count spanned 100º of latitude, from Maine to Antarctica.
The Caribbean 1500, Baja Ha-Ha, Salty Dog Rally, Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (
ARC), Seven Seas Cruising Association, Island Cruising Association,
Ocean Cruising Club, and many other organizations have adopted the project
and helped spread the word to their fleets.
This year we are encouraging participants to take digital photos of any seabirds. All data goes to Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird database (www.ebird.org).
An instruction/tally sheet and additional information are available on the
community page at Facebook.com/Birding.Aboard (under SeaBC/Resources), or
by direct PDF download at: http://tinyurl.com/SeaBC-TallySheet.
Please join the count in any way you can and contribute much-needed
information about pelagic birds!
Diana Doyle
m/v Semi-Local
St. Augustine, Florida

Good birding
Neil Robins
 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com
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