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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Nanaimo bird report, December 09, 2012

                                        Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT -----” GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”

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

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, December 09, 2012:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was rainy with strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing two Eurasian Wigeon in with American Wigeon.  Four Cackling Geese were spotted in with the Canada Geese. A Peregrine Falcon flew over and landed at the top of a conifer tree giving us great views through the scope.

Seven hardy birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, American Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon,
 Green-winged Teal,  Surf Scoter,  White-winged Scoter,  Bufflehead,  Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Northern Pintail, Black Oystercatcher,    Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon,  Mew Gull,  Herring Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull,  Glaucous-winged Gull,  Northwestern Crow,   European Starling, Redwing Blackbird, Brewers Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco.

Saturday, December 08,
“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 next to the dirt road, at the furthest brush pile. 

Friday, December 07:
A Barred Owl was seen along Centennary Drive in Nanaimo. 

A Spotted Sandpiper was seen at Sunset Beach in Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  
 
Thursday, December 06:
Sixty-seven Bald eagles and fourteen Great Blue Herons were seen at Marshall Stephenson Sanctuary off Kinkade Road in Qualicum Beach. 

Over twenty Brown Pelicans are still being seen in the inner harbour in Victoria.

Tuesday, December 04:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but there were occasional clouds and a few light showers. The winds were calm. We spotted a Greater White-fronted Goose at the Community Park in Parksville to start the morning.  As we started the walk a Varied Thrush put in a quick appearance and disappeared into the forest.  We could hear Red Crossbills high in the conifer trees.  There were plenty of immature and adult Bald Eagles perching high in the trees and flying throughout the morning.  A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew overhead near the Englishman River and a Peregrine Falcon was perched high atop a snag near the viewing platform. We watched a male Anna's Hummingbird hawking insects as we ended the walk.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter,
White-winged Scoter , Bufflehead , Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser , Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon,
Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant , Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle,
Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Mew Gull,
California Gull , Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird,
Hairy Woodpecker , Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren,
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.
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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 11, will be going to the Englishman River
Estuary, Plummer 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 corner of Plummer
Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on December 16, 2012 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in
Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at Buttertubs Marsh
off Bowen Road at about 9:20 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
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Christmas Bird Count----Nanaimo, December 30, 2012
Contact:  Ryan Cathers at ryancathers@yahoo.com
or phone 250-714-3947.
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Christmas Bird Count—Duncan, January 1,2013.
Contact:  Derrick Marven at marven@shaw.ca or phone 250-758-8504
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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

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