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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Nanaimo bird report, January 22, 2019


Nanaimo bird report, January 20, 2019:


BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please 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, January 20, 2019
The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  A Cooper’s Hawk was spotted on a mound in the estuary, to start our busy morning.  Several Red-tailed Hawks were perched on the tall trees.  A flock of Black-bellied Plovers flew along the shoreline giving us great views.  A large flock of Black-bellied Plovers flew past overhead.  An American Tree Sparrow was spotted near the trail giving us great views.  A Harris Sparrow was seen in with a flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Song Sparrows just off the trail.  After the walk some of the birders went to Gordon Road in Cedar and spotted the rare Dusky Thrush that was reported in the British Columbia Rare Bird Alert.  It was a lifer for most of us!  This is only the third time the Dusky Thrush has been seen and recorded in the province of British Columbia.  A Northern Shrike was seen in the same area

Harris Sparrow:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
American Widgeon
Common Goldeneye
  Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Iceland(Thayers) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Eurasian-collared Dove
Black-bellied Plover
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
Spotted Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Harris Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side, January 15, 2019.
The morning was very foggy with calm winds.  A lone female Common Goldeneye was spotted on the river. Many American Wigeons and Green-wing Teal were seen through the fog near the shore on the estuary. We heard and saw a great number of Bald Eagles during the morning.  An Anna's Hummingbird was perched on a tree giving us great views.  A large flock of Pine Siskins landed on the top of a short tree.  A Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrows, A Fox Sparrow, several Purple Finch and  House Finch were seen along the trail.

Lincoln’s Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Green-wing Teal
Mew Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Great Blue Heron
Virginia Rail
California Quail
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Harrier
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Anna's Hummingbird
  Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
  Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
 Brown Creeper
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Song Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow
Purple Finch
 House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Please Note
Check 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 January 22, 2019 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 am

The Sunday walk on January 27, 2019 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE, 6314 Metral Drive at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Road at about 9:15 am.  

Good birding
Neil Robins


THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca





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