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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Nanaimo bird report, September 13, 2015

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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, September 13, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  The morning was sunny with strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  The highlights included seeing a Black Oystercatcher perched on a rock near the shore. We saw the resident Spotted Sandpiper fly along Sunshine Bay near the far shore. Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants flew low over the strait heading north.

Black Oystercatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.   

Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from Victoria, Alberta, Oregon and California saw and heard the following twenty-five species:
Common Loon
Canada Geese
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Turkey Vulture
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
European Starlings 

Saturday, September 12:
Surfbirds and Horned Larks were seen at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo. 

.A Wilson’s Snipe was spotted along Morell Circle in Nanaimo.  

Three Clarks Grebes were seen on the Strait of Georgia from the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. 

Friday, September 11:
Wood Ducks and a Trumpeter Swan were seen at Beck Lake in south Nanaimo. 

Thursday, September 10:
Twenty common Nighthawks were seen over Corfield Road in Parksville. 

A Horned Lark was seen on Sugar Loaf Mountain in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, September 08:
The first Tuesday bird walk for the fall went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  The morning started out cloudy but soon turned sunny with a light breeze.  The highlights included seeing a Parasitic Jaeger flying low over the water heading down the Strait of Georgia.  Not far from shore, a mixed flock of Common Terns and Arctic Terns were circling and playing in the wind as they flew down the Strait.  We saw a hawk lift numerous gulls from a gravel bar near the ocean. The Hawk landed near the gulls and we had a chance to study it with our scopes. We concluded that the Hawk, with the long tail of an accipiter, broad head and bulky body and a white “eyebrow” above the eye was a Northern Goshawk.  A pair of American Kestrels put on a show for us as they chased each other over the meadow.


          Parasitic Jaeger: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, along with two birders from the United Kingdom and Ontario who have just moved to this area, saw and heard the following forty species.
Common Loon
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Common Merganser
Northern Pintail
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
American Kestrel
Greater Yellowlegs
Black-bellied Plover
Parasitic Jaeger
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Mew Gull
Common Terns
Artic Terns
Black Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Yellow Warbler
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
European Starling
 Cedar Waxwing
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Savannah’s Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
                          American Goldfinch.                                                                                                         

Common Terns & Bonaparte Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo 

Saturday, September 05:

A Western Grebe was seen at the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville


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 September 15 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.

Meet at the Parksville Bay Community Park at the Lions Club Playground parking lot at 9:00 am. Or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am 


The Sunday bird walk on September 20, 2015 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end Raines Road in south Nanaimo at about 9:30 a.m.

British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:  thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com 

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