The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walks will be resuming on Tuesday September 5th and Sunday September 10th. Locations and more information in the most recent post.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Bird Report - November 27 2016


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Sunday, November 27, 2016: 

This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning’s weather was cool, overcast and a couple of small showers. It was very quiet at the start, very few ducks on the marsh.
A couple of the highlights were seeing the Virgina Rail seen by the tall viewing stand and the 6 Trumpeter Swans that flew over. The parking lot bird seen at the end of the walk were a few Golden-crowned Kinglets passing through.


Trumpeter Swans in flight. Photo by Ralph Hocken

Twenty birders saw and heard the following thirty one species:

Trumpeter Swan 
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Hooded Merganser
Ring-necked Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Virginia Rail
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-doves
California Quail
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northwestern Crow
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Northern Shrike
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Sparrow 

Sunday November 27:
NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in a backyard near the 2500 block of Glenayr drive, Nanaimo.

Thursday November 24:
2 – STELLER’S JAYS were seen on Summit drive, near Long Lake in Nanaimo.
4 - STELLER’S JAYS were also reported at end of Douglas Avenue, near the Chase River.

Thursday November 24:
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was seen again at Pipers Lagoon. It was seen between the parking lot and the fort on the lagoon side.

ROCK WREN was also seen at Pipers Lagoon further up the trail from the Mountain Bluebird.

Monday November 21:
Immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Buttertubs Marsh.

Sunday November 20:
ROCK WREN was seen again at Neck Point Park,

Saturday November 19:
4 – GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Buttertubs Marsh

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk
November 22, 2016:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with rain showers and a very strong wind blasting off the Strait of Georgia.  We had several good views of Pacific Wrens in the underbrush near the trails throughout the morning.  A Brown Creeper caught our attention as it crept up a conifer tree. We watched Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding close to the ground during the morning. A flock of Surf Scoters, a White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck were seen heading down the Strait.  A flock of Black Turnstones flew low over the stormy water heading towards the shore.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seven enthusiastic birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
American Widgeon
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt's Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Turnstone
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco


Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 29, 2016 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. Or meet at Columbia Beach at about 9:15, a.m. (Turn off highway 19a at Columbia Drive turn right on Admiral Tryon Blvd. go about 100 meters turn left onto the parking area.) 


Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  We leave from the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and go to a different location in the Oceanside area.
 The Tuesday bird walk on December 6, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor  Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday bird walk on December 4, 2016 will be going to the Shelly road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly road at about 9:20 a.m.
     Good birding
Colin Bartlett.

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


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