Saturday, 14 November 2020

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report November 14, 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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Townsend’s Warbler (K. Moore)

NOTICES

-       Access to the Nanaimo River Estuary by Raines Road is closed due to Covid-19

concerns.

Wednesday November 14, 2020:

Townsend’s Warbler is a regular visitor to a backyard suet feeder in the hospital area, Nanaimo.

Tuesday November 10, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Deep Bay. Weather was overcast, tide was coming in, no wind and 7 degrees. A few highlights from the walk were, Marbled Godwit and a  Whimbrel provided some great views along the shore and a Sharp-shinned Hawk perched atop a tree for all to see. A Bald Eagle also put on a show as it attempted to hunt amongst the ducks.

16 Birders saw and heard the following 52 species:

Canada Goose

Trumpeter Swan X Mute Swan Hybrid

American Widgeon

Mallard

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Bald Eagle

Black Turnstones

Black Oystercatcher

Whimbrel

Marbled Godwit

Mew Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Marbled Murrelet

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Pacific Wren

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brewer’s Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Graylag


Brewer’s Blackbird (R. Hocken)

Sunday November 8, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary but this time on the Plummer Road side. Weather was overcast with showers, a very windy day, tide was high and it was a cool day at 6 degrees. We started on the open water and once you could hold yourself up in the wind we saw Pacific and Common Loons, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Bufflehead and Red-necked Grebes. On the marsh side we saw Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Peregrine Falcon hunting and White-winged Crossbill.

12 Birders saw and heard the following 46 species:

Canada Goose

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Harlequin Duck

White-winged Scoter

Surf Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Red-tail Hawk

Bald Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

Dunlin

Greater Yellowlegs

Mew Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna's Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Bushtit

Pacific Wren

Spotted Towhee                

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brewer’s Blackbird

White-winged Crossbill

Red Crossbill

House Finch

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin


White-winged Crossbill (photo from internet)

 The Backyard Bird Walks

 

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, weather pending. It is an easy walk that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

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

November 17

Will be going to the Columbia Beach

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 parking area on Admiral Tryon Blvd  at 9:20am.

The Sunday Bird Walk

November 15

Will be going to Maki Road Trail, located at the end of Maki Road by Living Forest RV Park Nanaimo B.C.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or meet us at the parking lot at the end of Maki Road at 9:15am. 

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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