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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Nanaimo Bird Report October 3 2019



The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report
October 3, 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 29, 2019:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. Twelve birders saw and heard the following thirty-four (34) species:


Photo: Steller’s Jay (R. Hocken)

Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Merlin
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Steller ’s jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Eurasian Collared Dove
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Orange-crowned Warbler


Photo: Orange-crowned Warbler (J. Morrison)


Tuesday October 1, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Little Qualicum River. Seventeen (17) birders saw and heard the following fifty (50) species:


Photo: Yellow-billed Loon and Common Loon (R. Hocken)

Yellow-billed Loon
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
American Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Photo: Yellow-rumped Warbler (R. Hocken)

Backyard Feeder Notes:
Dark-eyed Juncos are starting to be found at most backyard feeders in increasing numbers as the weather continues to remind us that it’s already fall. Golden-crowned Sparrows are starting to visit my millet trays with my elusive Spotted Towhees. Peanuts and sunflower seeds are all the rage with the colder evenings and many customers are reporting seeing more than one Steller’s Jay in their yard (some upwards of 10). Potential that bugs and berries are lower than usual, as we have already started seeing groups of European Starlings return to suet feeders. Usually we don’t see them return to backyard bird feeders until the ground is frozen and they are unable to access their favourite grubs.
Photo: European Starling

The Sunday Bird Walk October 6, 2019:

Will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the parking lot at the end of Buttertubs drive (off Bowen rd.) at 9:15 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk October 8, 2019:

Will be going to Englishman River Estuary (Shelley rd. side) in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am. Or meet in the parking lot at the end of Shelley Rd. at 9:15am.

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!
Colin Bartlett



 

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

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