Saturday, 10 October 2020

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

October 10, 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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Ring-billed Gull (R. Hocken)

NOTICES

-       Access to the Nanaimo River Estuary by Raines Road is closed due to Covid concerns.

-       No Sunday Bird Walk on October 11, 2020. Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday September 26, 2020:

50 plus Vaux Swifts were seen over the Saltair area of South Oyster School Road.

Tuesday October 6, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The weather was overcast with sunny breaks, winds were calm, and the tide was high. A few highlights were Ring-billed Gull on the beach up close to see and Red Crossbills constantly about and providing a good show.

16 birders saw and heard the following 42 species:

Canada Goose

American Wigeon

Mallard

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Common Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bonaparte’s Gull

Mew Gull

Ring-billed Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Bushtit

American Robin

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red Crossbill

House Finch

Pine Siskin

Friday October 2, 2020:

2x Wilson’s Snipe were seen in the downtown area of Qualicum Beach.

Sunday  October 4, 2020:

A White-throated Sparrow was seen amongst Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows on South Oyster School Road in Saltair.


Killdeer (R. Hocken)

Sunday October 4, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Nanoose Bay Estuary in Nanoose Bay. The weather was foggy and misty, tide was high and starting to go out. A few of the highlights were Western Grebe seen out by the floats with other grebes, American Pipits, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. The walk was cut a little short as we walked down the railway trtacks a healthy looking Black Bear was walking the railway tracks towards us.

9 Birders saw and heard the following 42 species:

Canada Goose

American Wigeon

Northern Shoveler

Mallard

Green-winged Teal

Surf Scoter

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Bald Eagle

Killdeer

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Mew Gull

Anna's Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Northwestern (American) Crow

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick's Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bushtit

American Robin

American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-rumped Warbler

European Starling

Red-winged Blackbird

Spotted Towhee                

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

And a Black Bear

Saturday October 10, 2020:

A single immature Snow Goose was seen wandering on Lewis Road in Nanaimo.


Immature Snow Goose (S. Bisciano)

Backyard Feeder Notes:

Over the last couple of weeks you may have heard a few birds singing like it was spring again. It may be the amount of daylight that causes this, as this time of autumn has about the same day light hours as it would be in the spring. The warm autumn weather probably helped as well. Juvenile male birds will be practicing their songs and although the song sounds familiar it might not be sung correctly, but practice makes perfect. One example is the Golden-crowned Sparrow who’s song is three notes going down in tone. It’s easy to remember with OH DEAR ME, but sometimes the juveniles only get a couple of the notes and are distracted before finishing so you hear just the first two notes starting high pitch, OH DEAR and that’s it. House Finches sing a lot in the autumn and it is beautiful to hear their cheery song. But as the weather changes the songs will disappear until next April to signal spring is here.


September 4/20 – Anna’s Hummingbird sitting on the nest (R. Harbo)


September 28/20 - Anna’s Hummingbird female feeding 2 young (R. Harbo)


October 7/20 – Anna’s Hummingbird young, how fast they grow. (R. Harbo) 

 The Backyard Bird Walks 

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

·         Please do not attend if you have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

·         Do not attend if you have been sick or in contact with someone possibly sick in the last 14 days.

·         Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·         Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

The Tuesday Bird Walk

October 13

Will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary 

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 at the Brant viewing stand on hwy 19A at the end of Qualicum Beach at 9:20. Then we will head to the estuary at the end of Surfside Drive off of Kinkade Road at 9:45 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk 

October 11

NO BIRD WALK

October 18

Will be going to the Maki Road Trail 

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or meet us at the end of Maki Road at 9:20 am. 

Good birding! Colin Bartlett


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