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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Nanaimo bird report, March 17, 2019




The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, March 17, 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 was seen and location of your sighting.

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Sunday Bird Walk, March 17, 2019
This week’s Sunday bird walk went the Nanaimo river Estuary in South Nanaimo.  The weather was sunny with calm winds. A Greater Yellowlegs was seen on a Gravel Bar on the River at the start of the walk.  Violet-green Swallows, Rough-wing Swallows and Tree Swallows were seen all morning flying over head and roosting on the stumps near the nesting boxes. A Glaucous Gull was spotted flying just above the river giving us great views. Many Common Raven were seen flying and talking throughout the morning. A Western Meadowlarks were heard and seen. Several Bewick’s Wrens were heard singing and then seen high up on the bushes near the trail.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty- one species:
Trumpeter Swans

Canada Geese

American Widgeon
Mallard

Green-wing Teal

Common Merganser

Belted Kingfisher

Bald Eagle

Mew Gull

Glaucous Gull

California Gull

Iceland(Thayer’s) Gull

Glaucous-wing Gull

Greater Yellowlegs

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Western Meadowlark

European Starling

Anna’s Hummingbird

Bewick’s Wren

Spotted Towhee

American Robin

Violet-green Swallow

Rough-wing Swallow

Tree Swallow

Northern Flicker

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

Purple Finch

House Finch

Tree Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo:


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, March 12, 2019, 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek. The morning was sunny but cool with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  The highlight of the morning was thousands upon thousands  of Gulls either on the Strait or flying, including Glaucous Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Iceland(Thayer's) Gulls, Herring Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls. There was also vast numbers of Brant Geese on the Strait. One Glaucous Gull was seen not five feet from the shore giving us great views.  Many flocks of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks heading up the Strait. A Cooper’s Hawk was perched in a tree not far from the trail checking us over for the longest time. The Herring Spawn has arrived!



Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Ottawa and Washington State saw and heard the following fifty-seven species:


Canada Geese

Brant

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Greater Scaup

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Common Murre

Marbled Murrelet

Brandt’s Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant 

Belted Kingfisher

Greater Yellowlegs

Black Turnstone

Black Oystercatcher

Killdeer

Black-bellied Plover

Dunlin

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Glaucous Gull

Mew Gull

California Gull

Iceland(Thayer's) Gull

Herring Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Anna’s Hummingbird

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bushtit

American Robin

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

House Finch
Pine Siskin


House Sparrow




Glaucous Gull:   Ralph Hocken Photo:





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 March 19, 2019 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:25am.




The Sunday Bird Walk on March 24, 2019 will be going to the Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00am or at the main Parking lot by the Bowing Green at Bowen Park at about 9:15am.


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Science And Teck lecture Series:
VIU
Buttertubs Bird banding
 Wednesday March 20th--at 7:00 PM
Bld: 255-Room 203

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Please Note:

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

Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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