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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Nanaimo bird report, February 10, 2013


                                        White-winged Scoter: 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, February 10, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  We saw large numbers of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and one Black Scoter  and Long-tailed Duck on the Strait of Georgia.  A large number of Pacific Loons were seen further offshore.
Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Geese, Brant, American Wigeon, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe,
Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone,
Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Eurasian-collared Dove, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Saturday February 06:
A Northern Shrike was seen in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville.

Tuesday, February 05:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy with rain showers
and a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing
Long-tailed Ducks in their usual spot just off shore at the point (we have decided to
call it the Long-tail Point). We saw and heard the Black Scoters singing through-out
the morning. Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were plenty-full on the water.
A Sharp-shinned Hawk was perched high up in a tree, giving us great views
Fourteen wet hardy birders saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Mallard,
Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter,
Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye,
Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe,
Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic
Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone,
Dunlin, Pigeon Guillemot, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,
Rock Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,
Steller’s Jay, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch
and House Finch.

We are planning to go Port Alberni on Tuesday, February 19:
Monday, February 04:
 Two winter plumage American Goldfinch were spotted at Divers Lake in Nanaimo
Friday, February 01:
Three Cackling Geese were seen at the Morningstar Ponds at French Creek.

*****************************************************************TThursday, February 14:
Everyone is invited to attend the Nanoose Naturalists’ Thursday, February 14 meeting where we will hear a presentation “Alpine Plants of BC” by Andy MacKinnon (co-author of Native Plants of BC). Arrive before 7 pm to the Nanoose Library Hall.  Admission by donation. Call Margot @ 250-468-9167.
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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 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. We will meet at Parksville Community Park at the Lion’s Playground at 9:00, p.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor, at about 9:10 a.m.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on February 17, 2013, will be going to Nanoose Bay.  We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area  behind the church camp off highway 19 and Arlington Road at about 9:15 A.M.

A local birder has just returned from a vacation in the Baja and has recommended the following website for some fascinating birding..
www.bcsbirds.com   Enjoy!
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

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