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Thursday, 24 November 2022

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

November 24, 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 Wigeon (R. Hocken)

Tuesday November 22, 2022:

The Tuesday Bird Walk was going to go to Columbia Beach but with the weather the walk was canceled. Four birders did show up and braved the weather of strong winds, rain, but the temperatures were mild at 7C.

4 birders saw and heard the following 30 bird species between Columbia Beach, French Creek Estuary and Morningstar Ponds:

Canada Goose

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Harlequin Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Pacific Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

Bald Eagle

American Coot

Black-bellied Plover

Black Oystercatcher

Dunlin

Short-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

California Gull

Iceland Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Crow

Common Raven

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Song Sparrow


Ruby-crowned Kinglet (R. Hocken)

Sunday November 20, 2022:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park. The weather was cloudy and cool at 5C, with a light cool breeze. A few highlights from our walk were, Trumpeter Swans, a Sharp-shinned Hawk that we were alerted to by group of Red-breasted Nuthatches and a few Varied Thrush.

14 birders saw and heard the following 34 bird species:

Trumpeter Swan

Mallard

American Wigeon

Harlequin Duck

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Bald Eagle

Black Oystercatcher

Iceland Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Saturday November 19, 2022:

A Barred Owl was seen at the Buttertubs Marsh along with 3 Northern Shovelers. 


Barred 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.

Winter Break

With the winter weather arriving and being that busy time of year, we are going to take a winter break from the Sunday and Tuesday Bird Walks until late January 2023.

I would like to thank everyone for coming out on the bird walks and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! See you all in 2023.

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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