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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Nanaimo Bird Report October 21 2018

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, October 21, 2018.
BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.caPlease remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.
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Nanaimo bird Report, October 21, 2018.
BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.caPlease remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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Sunday Bird Walk, October 21, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny with calm winds. A Northern Shrike was seen at the start
and several other times during the walk. A Red-tailed Hawk was seen circling above the tall conifer trees. Buffleheads, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal and a large flock of Surf Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia. Two American Pipits were seen resting near the shore, giving us great views. A flock of Canada Geese flew over, heading down the Island. A large flock of Pine Siskin’s were spotted several times landing in the tall trees along the estuary. A Varied Thrush was spotted at the end of the walk.
Northern Shrike: Photo by Ralph Hocken:

Seventeen birders including visiting birders from Ontario and Alberta saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Bufflehead
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Red-wing Blackbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Varied Thrush
American Pipit
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Pipit: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 16, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds from the Georgia Strait. Two Northern Flickers were seen high up in a tall tree off the trail. An Orange-crowned Warbler was feeding high up in a tree near the trail. We heard and then saw a Fox Sparrow singing in a bush along the trail. Two Cooper’s Hawks flew overhead giving us great views. We saw a Barred Owl perched on a tree not far from us. The owl spent a long time looking down on us. A Western Meadowlark was seen on the meadows. Many flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls were flying in single file, just above the water heading up the Strait.
Barred Owl:

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Northern Shoveler
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Barred Owl
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Herring Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared- Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Orange-crowned Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
American Robin
European Starling
Western Meadowlark
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer's Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Bonaparte's Gulls: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Wednesday, October 17:
A Harris Sparrow was seen at the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer Road side near the crab apple tree.

A Bohemian Waxwing was spotted at Buttertubs Marsh near Jingle Pot Road. It was seen in with a flock of Cedar Waxwings.

Please NoteCheck this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday Bird Walk on October 23, 2018 will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area along Tryon Bld. (Turn onto Columbia Drive on oceanside of Highway19a. Go to the tee intersection on Columbia Drive and turn right onto Admiral Tryon Bld. Go about one hundred yards to the parking area on the ocean) at about 9:20 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on October 28, 2018 will be going to Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins



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Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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