Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, September 27, 2016

 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  The morning was sunny with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Two birders saw four Killer Whales at about 9:00 a.m. from Shorewood Drive close to the mud flats in San Pariel.  They spotted one large adult and three smaller whales about half way across the strait.   A Savannah Sparrow,  Song Sparrows, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, a White-crowned Sparrow, several  House Finch and Purple Finch were seen at the start of the walk. A Black-bellied Plover, two Least Sandpipers, two Western Sandpipers and three  Killdeer were feeding on the mud flats.  A flock of American Wigeons, Surf Scoters, Horned Grebe, one Red-necked Grebe, several  Harlequin Duck, two  Common Loons and three Pacific Loons were spotted on the strait.
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Black-bellied Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Mallard
 Green-winged Teal
 Northern Pintail,
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
 Harlequin Duck
 Common Loon
Pacific Loon
 Great-blue Heron
Mew gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
 Killdeer
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bushtit
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
 American Robin
 Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Savannah Sparrow
 Song Sparrow 
Lincoln’s Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 House Finch
Purple Finch
Red-wing Blackbird
American Goldfinch
 
September  26, 2016 
A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen at the top of Little Mountain in Parksville
 Northern Pygmy Owl: Photo by John Purves.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on October 04, 2016 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on Admiral Tryon Bld. off Columbia Drive in French Creek at about 9:15 a.m.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 
thebirdstore.blogspot.com
       thebackyard@shaw.ca

Sunday, 25 September 2016

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT, SEPTEMBER 205, 2016


BIRD REPORT
“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 and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016:

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy at the start but soon turned sunny with calm winds.  We spotted an American Coot on the marsh.  A Merlin was perched on the top of a tall snag giving us great views.  A Red-tailed Hawk flew over head and disappeared as it caught a thermal.  A large flock of Band-tailed Pigeons landed in a tall tree and then flew off.  A

 Hermit Thrush was seen and heard in a bush close to the trail.



Fifteen birders including two visiting birders from England saw and heard the forty-one species:

         Canada Geese  

Mallards

  Wood Ducks

  American Widgeon

 Hooded Merganser

  Pied-billed Grebe

Ring-neck Duck

Pintail Duck

Northern Shoveller

Gadwall

American Coot

California Quail

  Great Blue Heron

 Turkey Vulture

 Merlin

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Harrier

  Rock Pigeon

  Band-tailed Pigeon

  Eurasian-collared Dove

  Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

  Anna’s Hummingbird

 Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

 European Starling

 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

  Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick’s Wren

   Bushtit

   American Robin

  Hermit Thrush

  Spotted Towhee

  Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

   Golden-crowned Sparrow

House Finch

  Purple Finch

  Red-winged Blackbird

House Sparrow 



Saturday, September 24:

American Pipit’s were seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.



Tuesday, September 20:



Two Pileated Woodpeckers are visiting feeders in the 800 block of Douglas Street in Nanaimo.



A Trumpeter Swan was seen at the Deep Bay Harbour today.


                               Trumpeter Swan: John Caddy photo.



Wednesday, September 21: A White-throated Sparrow was seen just off of Owl Place in Long Lake Heights in Nanaimo.



White-throated Sparrow; Kyle Palmer Photo:

 



Tuesday, September 20:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach--Tuesday bird walk

The morning started out with rain showers, but it soon cleared and the sun shone, brightly.  The winds were calm on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Cedar Waxwings and American Robins greeted us at the start of the walk. We spotted a Townsend’s Solitaire perched high up in a tall conifer tree. Two Ring-billed Gulls, several Bonaparte's Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and one lone Thayer’s Gull were preening near the shore.  Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Western Grebes and a Pacific Loon in breeding plumage were seen further offshore.  We were entertained by a Townsend’s Warbler, a large number of Orange-crowned Warblers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers in the forest. Many flocks of American Robins were seen through out the morning. A very large flock of Canada Geese flew high overhead heading south.
            





Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from the United Kingdom, Georgetown Ontario, Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta saw and hear the following fifty-three species:

Canada Geese

Mallard

American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

            Pacific Loon
              Common Loon

Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Marbled Murrelet

Common Murre

Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher

Ring-billed Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Mew Gull

Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hammonds Flycatcher

Townsend’s Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin

Townsend’s Solitaire

Hermit Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

European Starling
Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch

House Finch  .



Monday, September 19:

Eleven Turkey Vultures were seen along the shore at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.



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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  We leave from the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings go to a different location in the Oceanside area.

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The Sunday bird walk on October 02, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:30 a.m.

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The Tuesday bird walk on September 27, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

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Trumpeter Swan Conference in Duncan

                              http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/2016-conference.html

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Reporting Collared Canada Goose Sightings

Hello fellow birders:

As part of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding project, we banded and collared 200 Canada Geese around Nanaimo last June.  This banding effort is part of an undergraduate research project by VIU biology student Stew Pearce, with main objective to determine the abundance, distribution and movement of geese in the Nanaimo area.  The geese have white neck collars with black lettering that ranges from 000P to 199P.

We are conducting regular surveys to track geese, but we hope to increase the number of collared goose sightings by encouraging birders and members of the public to report their sightings through our project website - https://wordpress.viu.ca/gooseproject/.  There is a simple form to fill out to report sightings.  We are interested in any sightings of these geese, whether in the Nanaimo area or elsewhere, including the number of “uncollared” geese they may associated with.

We appreciate your help with this project.  Feel free to contact us off list to find out more about the project or results so far (stew.pearce@shaw.ca).

Eric Demers, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.
Biology Department
B.Sc. Degree Advisor
Vancouver Island University

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     Good birding

       Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 20, 2016

 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach--Tuesday bird walk, September 20, 2016:
The morning started out with rain showers, but it soon cleared and the sun shone, brightly.  The winds were calm on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Cedar Waxwings and American Robins greeted us at the start of the walk. We spotted a Townsend’s Solitaire perched high up in a tall conifer tree. Two Ring-billed Gulls, several Bonaparte's Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and one lone Thayer’s Gull were preening near the shore.  Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Western Grebes and a Pacific Loon in breeding plumage were seen further offshore.  We were entertained by a Townsend’s Warbler, a large number of Orange-crowned Warblers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers in the forest. Many flocks of American Robins were seen through out the morning. A very large flock of Canada Geese flew high overhead heading south.        

                                                      Townsend’s Solitaire: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from the United Kingdom, Georgetown Ontario, Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta saw and hear the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Ring-billed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hammonds Flycatcher
Townsend’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Townsend’s Solitaire
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch  

The Tuesday bird walk on September 27, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville   

thebirdstore.blogspot.com
thebackyard@shaw.ca

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Nanaimo bird report, September 18, 2016


BIRD REPORT
“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 and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016:

The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  We spotted a Western Meadowlark perched on a bush on the estuary.  Common Ravens were seen overhead all morning.  A Red-tailed Hawk was constantly being mobbed by the Common Ravens before catching a thermal and leaving the area.  We watched an Osprey, with a big fish in it’s talons, being mobbed by a Common Raven at the end of the walk.  

Nineteen birders saw and heard the thirty-one species:  

Mallard

Green-wing Teal

Common Merganser

Great Blue Heron

 Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Red-tailed Hawk

Osprey

 Turkey Vulture

 Greater Yellowlegs

 Short-billed Dowitcher

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

 Belted Kingfisher

 Northern Flicker

 Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Western Meadowlark

Anna’s Hummingbird

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

Bewick's Wren

Bushtit

 American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

 Spotted Towhee

Lincoln’s Sparrow

 Savannah Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Pine Siskin



Friday, September 16:

Sandhill Cranes were seen above the Englishman River in Parksville.



Wednesday, September 14:

A flock of Sandhill Cranes were seen over Mount Washington.







Tuesday, September 13, 2016:

The Tuesday Birdwalk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach. the morning was sunny with calm winds.

Many Surf Scoters, a White-winged Scoter, a Black Scoter, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes were seen from the viewing platform. Killdeer were seen throughout the morning. We watched a Peregrine Falcon lift a flock of Gulls off the gravel bar and then catch a thermal and fly away. We spotted another Peregrine Falcon perched near the top of a tall conifer tree, giving us great views. A Cooper’s Hawk was perched in a tall snag on the estuary. A Merlin was seen catching a Barn Swallow high over the estuary. 

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:

Canada Geese

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Green-wing Teal

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Murre

Marbled Murrelet

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Killdeer

Bonaparte's Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Belted Kingfisher

Bald Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

Merlin

Cooper’s Hawk

Eurasian-collared Dove

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Anna’s Hummingbird

Barn Swallow

Purple Martin

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

European Starling

Savannah Sparrow

House Finch

American Goldfinch



A Horned Lark was seen on Sugar Loaf Mountain.



Sunday, September 11:

. Fifteen American Pipits were seen at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.



Tuesday, September 06:

Twelve Orange-crowned Warblers were seen at Diver’s Lake in Nanaimo.







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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  We leave from the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings go to a different location in the Oceanside area.

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The Sunday bird walk on September 25, 2016 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot off Jingle Pot Road at Buttertubs at about 9:20 a.m.

Please note that the parking lot off Buttertubs Drive is closed for construction until October or November

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The Tuesday Birdwalk on September 20, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.

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Reporting Collared Canada Goose Sightings

Hello fellow birders:

As part of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding project, we banded and collared 200 Canada Geese around Nanaimo last June.  This banding effort is part of an undergraduate research project by VIU biology student Stew Pearce, with main objective to determine the abundance, distribution and movement of geese in the Nanaimo area.  The geese have white neck collars with black lettering that ranges from 000P to 199P.

We are conducting regular surveys to track geese, but we hope to increase the number of collared goose sightings by encouraging birders and members of the public to report their sightings through our project website - https://wordpress.viu.ca/gooseproject/.  There is a simple form to fill out to report sightings.  We are interested in any sightings of these geese, whether in the Nanaimo area or elsewhere, including the number of “uncollared” geese they may associated with.

We appreciate your help with this project.  Feel free to contact us off list to find out more about the project or results so far (stew.pearce@shaw.ca).

Eric Demers, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.
Biology Department
B.Sc. Degree Advisor
Vancouver Island University

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     Good birding

       Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, September 13, 2016

The Tuesday birdwalk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach.  The morning was sunny with calm winds. A large number of Surf Scoters, a White-winged Scoter, a Black Scoter, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes were seen from the viewing platform. The winter seabird colony are returning!  Killdeer were numerous throughout the morning.  We watched a Peregrine Falcon swoop down and lift a flock of Gulls off of the gravel bar and then catch a thermal and fly away. We spotted another Peregrine Falcon perched near the top of a tall conifer tree, giving us great views.  A Cooper’s Hawk was perched in a tall snag on the estuary. We watched as a Merlin caught a Barn Swallow high over the estuary. 
                                                 Peregrine Falcon, Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Bonaparte's Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
Cooper’s Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Savannah Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch 

The Tuesday birdwalk on September 20, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot