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Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store Weekly Bird Report January 9, 2020


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

January 9, 2020


“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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Photo: Wood Duck (R. Hocken)

Sunday January 5, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh. The weather was rain with light winds to start but when we finished the weather had changed to blue skies and sunshine. We started off with a Bald Eagle perched atop a tree watching over the marsh, and only a few ducks were on the water.

Five dedicated birders saw the following 36 species:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Rind-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Steller’s Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Tuesday January 7, 2020:

Eight (8) Snow Geese and a Great White-front Goose continue to be seen at the Parksville Community Park.

Thirteen (13) Brant were huddled on the gravel bar off the old hovercraft base at the Parksville Community Park as well.



Photo: Snow Geese (R. Hocken)


The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman Estuary – Shelly Road side. The skies were overcast with rain showers, occasionally heavy. A Fox Sparrow displayed for a couple of minutes at close range, and a large flock of Pine Siskins patrolled the catkins. Despite seeing few songbirds early on the walk, we filled out our list on the pathway between Mills Road and the Community Park.

Five intrepid souls braved an extended rinse cycle and saw or heard thirty-four species:

Gadwall
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden- crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Photo: Fox Sparrow (J. Morrison)


The Sunday Bird Walk January 12, 2020:

This Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or meet at the parking lot at Neck Point Park at 9:10am.


The Tuesday Bird Walk January 14, 2020:

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Little Qualicum River Estaury.

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay road and Franklin’s Gull road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the Brant Viewing Stand at the end of Qualicum Beach at 9:15 or at the end of Surfside Drive off of Kinkade Road at 9:40.



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


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

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