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Wednesday, 16 November 2022

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

November 16, 2022

“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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American Dipper (J. Morrison)

Tuesday November 15, 2022:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road. The weather was foggy and cool at 3 C. The fog was thick on the water, and we could not see past the mouth of the river. A few highlights from the walk were, 2 White-throated Sparrows that were seen at the Mill Street entrance to the estuary, an American Dipper up close along the new river trail from the parking lot and a Kestrel perched on a stump in the open field.

11 birders saw and heard the following 44 bird species:

Canada Goose

Gadwall

Eurasian Wigeon

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Merlin

American Kestrel

Killdeer

Black Turnstone

Short-billed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Iceland Gull

California Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Crow

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Dipper

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Spotted Towhee

White-throated Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch


Red-breasted Sapsucker (J. Morrison)

Sunday November 13, 2022:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh. The weather was cool at 2C and cloudy. A few highlights from our walk around Buttertubs were, 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers we watched along with a 3-point buck, a Northern Shoveler and Cedar Waxwings.

10 birders saw and heard the following 31 bird species:

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Bufflehead

Pied-billed Grebe

Hooded Merganser

Ring-necked Duck

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

American Coot

Killdeer

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Common Raven

American Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow 

Saturday November 12, 2022:

A Short-eared Owl was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary along with 2 Northern Harriers. 


Short-eared Owl (J. Morrison)

If you have any birds to report or need help identifying, just email or call the store, thebackyard@shaw.ca or 250-390-3669, toll-free 1-888-808-BIRD (2473).

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. The walks are weather pending.

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

The Tuesday Bird Walk, November 22, 2022

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be Going to 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 meet at the parking area on Admiral Tryon Blvd, off Columbia Drive and Hwy 19A, at 9:15. Weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk, November 20, 2022

This week’s Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Neck Point Park.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the parking lot at Neck Point at 9:15 am. Weather cooperating.

For cancelled bird walks due to weather, please check The Backyard blog at www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com on the day of the bird walk. A notice will be up before 8:00am if there is a cancelation.

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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