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Monday, 16 September 2019

Nanaimo Weekly Bird Report, September 15, 2019




The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store



Nanaimo Bird Report

September 15, 2019


“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 September 15:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with rain shower, light wind, and sunny breaks. A few highlights of the walk were Rhinoceros Auklet, Parasitic Jaeger, Greater White-fronted Goose and Swainson’s Thrush. At the end of the walk we saw 3 Black Swifts overhead for our parking lot bird.




Parasitic Jaeger, photo by Ralph Hocken


Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty eight (38) species:



Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Greater White-fronted Goose (30 plus)

Great Blue Heron

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Spotted Sandpiper

Parasitic Jaeger

Mew Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Rhinoceros Auklet

Black Swift

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Sunday September 15:

Great Yellowlegs and Savannah Sparrows were seen at Piper’s Lagoon



Saturday September 14:

2 Turkey Vultures were seen soaring over lower Lantzville.



Tuesday September 10:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelley road side of the Englishman River Estuary. The weather was sunny and winds were calm. The walk started of quiet with Chestnut-backed Chickadees following us through the woods. Looking out on the estuary a Northern Harrier fly past a couple of times giving us great views. At the mouth of the estuary a Heerman’s Gull was seen on a gravel bar with the other gulls and a Long-tailed Jaegar was seen flying past. A couple other highlights were Virginia Rail and Yellow Warbler.



Nine (9) birders saw and heard the following thirty nine (39) species:



Red-necked Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Mallard

American Widgeon

Common Merganser

Gadwall

Northern Shoveler

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Virginia Rail

Black Oystercatcher

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Heermann’s Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Brewers Blackbird

Song Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin




Northern Harrier, photo by Ralph Hocken.





Backyard Feeder Notes:

What a great time we are having at the feeders. Today I had 11 species visit the feeders within an hour, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker (a first), Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, House Finch and a lone American Goldfinch, the backyard was just a moving. There may have been one more to add to the list but it flew over out of sight and then suddenly the backyard was quiet.

What to watch for in the backyard, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler passing through. Returning birds such as Fox Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, and Pine Siskin’s which are starting to return to the feeders.




American Goldfinch (winter plumage), photo by Ralph Hocken



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 September 17, 2019:

Will be going to Nanoose Bay estuary. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am or at the end of Nanoose Beach road, which is off Arlington road off of Hwy 19, in Nanoose at 9:15 a.m. 





The Sunday Bird Walk September 22, 2019:

Will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at Rathtrevor Park at 9:20 am.



 

Good birding!

Colin Bartlett









The Backyard

Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669


Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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