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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Nanaimo Bird Report November 18

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, November 20, 2018.
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.
Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

Sunday Bird Walk, November 18, 2018

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and a beautiful day for a bird walk. Just the usual suspects on the marsh when we first started, Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser and Rink-necked Duck. There was no sign of the Snow Geese that were seen there earlier in the week.

Ring-neck Duck photo by Ralph Hocken

Twelve birders  saw and heard the following thirty four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Ring-neck Duck
Hooded Merganser
American Coot
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Glaucous-winged Gull
Virginia Rail
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Anna's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Reported Sightings
Friday Nov 16:
A flock of 43 Canada Geese - Cackling landed at Buttertubs Marsh.
Canvasback was also seen at Buttertubs Marsh

Saturday Nov 17:
possible Rufous Hummingbird was seen at French Creek. It was perched in the bushes on the creek side near the restaurant.

Tuesday Nov 20:
juvenile Snow Goose at Nexk Point Park near the parking lot. This bird has been sighted for the last couple of weeks there.

Anna's Hummingbird photo by Mike Hamilton
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 13, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were seen far offshore. Two Brant Geese were heading into the shore from the strait and nine Brant were seen further off shore. Two Common Murre and a Marbled Murrelet were spotted heading up the Strait. A flock of Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye were riding the waves. Several Horned Grebes, many Red-neck Grebes and a Western Grebe were playing hide and seek in the rough surf. A Golden-crowned Kinglet was feeding in the tall trees along the trail. A large number of Dark-eyed Juncos were seen during the walk.

Brant photo by Ralph Hocken
Twenty-three birders including a visiting birder from Fort MacMurray saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Brant Geese
Snow Geese
Canada Goose
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Common Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Western Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Northern flicker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Upcoming Bird Walks
The Tuesday Bird Walk on November 27, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of Highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on November 25, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach near French Creek. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot on Admiral Tryon blvd which is off of Columbia drive at about 9:30 am

Backyard Bird News
The backyard feeders are getting busy with what seems to be more Dark-eyed Juncos arriving. Song Sparrow and the Golden-crowned Sparrows along with the Spotted Towhees are also busy at the feeders. Very few reports of Steller's Jays but that is not surprising as the natural seed seems to be abundant this year compared to last year. There are also less Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches visiting the feeders as well. Anna's Hummingbirds are busy and it seems as though they may have had a late brood in my area. Pine Siskings are about but not visiting the backyard feeders just yet, i figure they will make their apperance in January or February.
Good Biridng Colin.

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