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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Nanaimo bird report, January 29, 2017

“Nanaimo bird report”

“Explore Nature--Go Birding”

To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail thebirdstore@shaw.ca
Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sightings.

The Sunday bird walk on January 29, 2017 went to Buttertubs Marsh Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with rain showers but calm winds.

We spotted two Varied Thrush perched in a tree next to the trail, an Anna’s Humming was also flitting around in the same tree.  Over twenty Cedar Waxwings

were feeding on a berry tree just off the trail giving us great views. Many Bufflehead, one Hooded Merganser, several Ring-necked Ducks one Pied-billed Grebe and

twelve Wood Ducks were seen on the marsh.

Varied Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Fourteen birders was and heard the following thirty-two species:

Canada Geese



Hooded Merganser

Ring-necked Duck

Pied-billed Grebe

Wood Duck

Belted Kingfisher

Double-crested Cormorant

Glaucous-winged Gull

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

California Quail

European Starling

Brewer’s Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Pacific Wren

Marsh Wren

Bewick's Wren

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed  Junco                                                                                                                                    Purple Finch

House Finch

House Sparrow

Cedar Waxwings: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 24, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk on January 24, 2017 went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm. The the tide was high so mud flats had lots of water.  Large flocks of American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, two Killdeer, one Hooded Merganser and two Gadwall were feeding on the mud flats. We saw Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, three Long-tailed Ducks, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes on the Strait of Georgia during the morning.  A Coopers Hawk flew past us and landed on a tall tree next to the road giving us great views as it looked down on us.

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:

Canada Geese


American Wigeon


Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal


Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Brandt's Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Mew Gull

Thayer's Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Murre


Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eurasian-collared Dove

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Anna’s Hummingbird

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick's Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Spotted Towhee

Dark-eyed Junco

                                                                                                                                                                                          Purple Finch

House Finch

                                               Friday, January 27:

The Birdstore received a report of a possible Three-toed Woodpecker feeding in a backyard in Parksville.

Sunday, January 22:

 Ten Northern Flickers were seen perched in a tree in the 3200 block of Singleton Road in Nanaimo.

The Tuesday bird walk on January 31, 2017 will be going to Rathtrevor 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 February 05,  2017 will be going to the Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot off  Bowen Road in Bowen park near the Lawn Bowling Green’s  at about 9:15 a.m

Good birding

Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo B.C.


Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633

Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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