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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Nanaimo bird report, February 08, 2015


To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
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 08, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning started with rain showers but soon turned into a dry morning of birding. The highlights included seeing three Trumpeter Swans fly in and land on the marsh to start feeding. The woods were alive with the sounds of songbirds including Dark-eyed Juncos, Red-winged Blackbirds, Marsh Wrens, Bewick's Wrens, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Fox Sparrow  and American Robins. A Hermit Thrush was perched low on a shrub just off the trail. We spotted three Downy Woodpeckers were feeding along the trail.
Hermit Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species: 
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Barred Owl
Red-tailed Hawk
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbirds
House Finch  

  A Turkey Vulture was seen flying over Cathers lake and Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
Tuesday, February 03:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, but it was a little choppy further off shore on the Strait  of Georgia.  A flock of well over one hundred singing Pine Siskins flew overhead at the start of the walk—they are back!  An estimated five hundred to six hundred Dunlin, thirty Surfbirds, twenty Black-bellied Plovers and four Black Turnstones were feeding at the tide line and in the tide pools nearby.  A large mixed flock of gulls---Mew Gulls, Thayer’s Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls--were also feeding and resting along the shoreline.  A very large number of Pacific Loons, many Common Murre, several Red-breasted Mergansers, a Pigeon Guillemot, a Marbled Murrelet and two Eared Grebe were seen further offshore.
Surfbirds: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
    Common Goldeneye
                          Barrow’s Goldeneye             
                                                        Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Anna’s Hummingbird
       Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Pine Siskin 
Eared Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Wednesday, February 04:
 A Northern Hawk Owl was seen at the southwest corner of the parking lot at Wal-Mart in Duncan. 

Thursday, February 12.
Nanoose Naturalists at 7pm at the Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest speaker -- Dr. John Black, Dean of Social Sciences at VIU who will speak on Alexandro Malaspina and his voyage of discovery in this area. 

Monday, February, 23:
The Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at 7pm at Knox United Church, Parksville.

 Guest Speaker--- Christopher Stephens will speak about Swainson’s Thrush . 


Tofino-Shorebird –Festival

18th Annual May 1-3, 2015 

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 February 10, 2015 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet
at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tyron Bld.( off highway 19a and Columbia Drive at about 9:20 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on February 15, 2015 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---

A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.



Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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