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- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Nanaimo bird report, November 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, November 08, 2015 
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with clouds very comfortable morning of birding. Several Cackling Geese, Canada Geese. Gadwall, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers were seen all morning on the marsh. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was seen feeding just off the trail giving us great views. We spotted a Hermit Thrush tossing leaves near the trail. 

Hermit Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Cackling Geese
American Wigeon
Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Ringed-necked Duck
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Eurasian Collared-Dove
California Quail
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbirds
House Finch
House Sparrow    

Thursday, November 05:
A Northern Pygmy Owl was spotted at the third tee on Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course.

Tuesday, November 03:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was mostly sunny with a strong breeze off the Strait of Georgia.  A Red-throated Loon and two Long-tailed Ducks were spotted bobbing in the waves off shore.  A Common Murre, a Marbled Murrelet and a Pigeon Guillemot were seen heading down the strait.  We saw a Sea Lion catch a salmon thus creating a feeding frenzy of gulls near by. Eight Western Grebes were spotted further off shore. A large number of Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones, two Greater Yellowlegs, two Killdeer and one Dunlin were resting along the gravel bar. There were many flocks of Bonaparte’s Gulls were flying up the strait throughout the morning.  A number of Brandt’s Cormorants were perched along the breakwater at the French Creek Marina.
Brandt’s Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen birders saw and hear the following fifty species:
Canada Geese
Brandt Goose
Harlequin Duck
American Widgeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
                                                      Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian Collared-dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch

         Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

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 November 10, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor at about 9:10 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on November 15, 2015 will be going to Nanoose Bay.

Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at parking area near the beach behind the church camp (off highway 19 and Arlington Road )at about 9:15 am.
British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

Rare Birds of Vancouver Island:

Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:  thebackyard@shaw.ca


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