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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Nanaimo bird report, October 12, 2014

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, October 12, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Northern Harrier was spotted flying low over the field.  We saw and heard a Steller’s Jay and a Belted Kingfisher noisily fly around us for a good part of the morning.  We saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding in a bush next to the trail.  A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese and a flock of Double-crested Cormorants flew overhead and circled around the area.
Northern Harrier: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Canada Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Mallard,  American Widgeon, Greater Scaup, Great Blue Heron, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, California Gull,  Glaucous-winged Gull,  European Starling, Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Spotted Towhee,  Song Sparrow,  Golden-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow,  Lincoln’s Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and  House Finch. 
Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Wednesday, October 8:
Western Grebe’s, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen offshore from Pebble Beach at Columbia Beach. 
 A Dunlin and Killdeer were seen at the Mud Flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  
Tuesday, October 07.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, making for a great morning of birding. We heard a Pacific Wren singing at the start of the walk.  An Eurasian Widgeon was spotted near the shore swimming with the American Widgeons. Several flocks of Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were heading down the Strait of Georgia. A Western Grebe was seen near the shore. There were a large number of Pacific Loons on the Strait.   
                               White-winged Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Harlequin Duck, Green-wing Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Marbled Murrelet, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Killdeer, Mew Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Eurasian-collared Dove, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch and American Goldfinch.
             Scurf Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
                              Monday, October 06:
Thirteen Heermann’s Gulls and a Herring Gull were spotted at Nile Creek. 
Sunday, October 05:
A Snow Goose and three Heermann’s Gulls were seen at Nile Creek.  
A Ross’s Goose and seventy Cackling Geese were seen at McCoy Lake near Port Alberni. 
Monday September 22:
. Red Crossbills and a Western Tanager were spotted near the Heritage Forest in Qualicum 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. on 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 October 14, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Marina at the dock in Deep Bay at about 9:35 a.m.  
The Sunday bird walk on October 19, 2014 will be going to the Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Beach near the Church Camp off Arlington Road at about 9:20 a.m.
British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
WildResearch link---
West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
Good birding
Neil Robins
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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