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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Nanaimo Bird Report, March 3, 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report
Nanaimo Bird Report, March 3, 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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Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.comearly Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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Sunday Bird Walk, March 3, 2019

This weeks bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The weather was overcast with a chilly breeze to start the walk. On the water to start there was a lone Canada Goose in Hammond Bay, and also saw Surf Scoters flying mostly southward with one White-winged Scoter. One highlight of the walk was a good view of a male Red Crossbill singing. 16 birders including birders from Edmonton, Washington state, Campbell River and Deep Bay saw and heard the following 32 species.
Red Crossbill, photo by Ralph Hocken
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Canada Goose
Double-created Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Glaucous–winged Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Bald Eagle
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

March 1, 2019TURKEY VULTURE was seen soaring above the Crescent Heights area near Vancouver Island University.
February 28,2019: RED-TAILED HAWK was seen perch on a pole at Robbins Park in south Nanaimo.
February 26,2019: BARRED OWL was seen along the trail at Buttertubs Marsh near the modular home park.
February 26,2019BLACK OYSTERCATCHER was seen in downtown Nanaimo harbour.
The Tuesday bird walk was a day trip to the Salton Sea. Four birders braved cool temperatures and steady wind, but had a sunny walk. List for the day was 55 species. Highlights were flocks of Long-billed Curlews, White-faced Ibis, Cattle, Snowy and Great Egrets on the farm fields, Gambel’s Quail, Abert’s Towhee, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Snowy Plover, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Loggerhead Shrike and Common Moorhen. We saw two Burrowing Owls at their burrows and a Greater Roadrunner hunting along the roadside.  Bird walk report provided by Graham G.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, February 26, 2019
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River, in Parksville. The morning was sunny but cool with calm winds. Several Brown Creepers were creeping up the trees along the river path. Three flocks of Surf Scoters and one flock of White-winged Scoters were heading up the Strait of Georgia. One Greater Scaup was spotted not far from shore. Several Anna's Hummingbirds were seen just off the trail. A Peregrine Falcon flew over head. Two Western Meadowlarks were perched in a tree along the fence line at the Community Park.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-eight species:
Canada Goose
Greater White-fronted 
GooseGadwall
Green-winged Teal
American Wigeon
MallardNorthern 
Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Mew Gull
Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Anna's Hummingbird
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
European Starling
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Western Meadowlark
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Western Meadowlark, photo by Ralph hocken.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on March 05, 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 at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 am.
The Sunday Bird Walk on March 10, 2019 will be going to Englishman River Estuary, Shelley road side of the estuary. Meet at The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00am or at the parking lot at the end of Shelley Road at about 9:20 am.
Good birding! Colin.

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