Monday, 16 October 2017

Nanaimo Bird Report October 15 2017

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, October 15, 2017: 
This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to the Plummer Rd. side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The weather was sunny and calm, making for a good day of birding.  The highlight of the day was getting some great views of a Peregrine Falcon in adult plumage that chose to sit on a snag in the middle of the estuary for over an hour.


Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard
American Widgeon
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
California Gull
Killdeer
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Bonaparte Gull
Harrier Hawk
Pigeon Guillemot
Surf Scoter
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Horned Grebe
Redneck Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Harlequin Duck
Steller’s Jay
Dunlin
House Finch
White Crowned Sparrow
Green-winged Teal
Pine Siskin
Varied Thrush
California Quail
Peregrine Falcon
Western Meadowlark
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple finch


 Varied Thrush: John Morrison Photo.

October 8, 2017
A Varied Thrush was spotted near Nathan Rd. Nanaimo. A Wilson’s Snipe was reported in Brookwood Marsh.

October 11, 2017
A Wilson’s Snipe was seen near Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo.

October 12, 2017
A Mourning Dove was sited off Yon Place in Nanaimo.

October 13, 2017
A Sandhill Crane was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary.

October 14, 2017
A flock of Chipping Sparrows and a Snow Bunting were spotted at Piper’s Lagoon. A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen near Weeks Crescent in Nanaimo.
October 15, 2017
The Snow Bunting was reported to still be at Piper’s Lagoon.

October 14, 2017
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk
October 10, 2017:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk and then turned clear and sunny, making for a pleasant bird walk. Hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and singing Black Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia.  We spotted the first of the season Long-tailed Ducks just offshore.  Three Pigeon Guillimots, seven Ancient Murrelets and four Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait during the walk.  We watched a Merlin chasing a flock of crows high above a conifer tree near the trail.  Two Black Turnstones and seven Black Oystercatchers were seen on the gravel bar near the shore.

Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillimot
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
                                                               Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
White-crowned Sparrow
Anne’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch


Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 17, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum . Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
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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 and go to a different location in the Oceanside area.
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The Sunday bird walk on October 22, 2017 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end or Raines Road at about 9:30a.m.
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     Good birding
       Nicole Renaud

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: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

SNOW BUNTING / CHIPPING SPARROWS

We have just received a report of a possible Snow Bunting seen at Piper's Lagoon. There was a flock of Chipping Sparrows seen approximately 100 yards from the parking lot, in the grass beside the lagoon. The Snow Bunting was seen near this spot in the grass.

Friday, 13 October 2017

HUMPBACK WHALES SIGHTED

Just received a report today of 3 Humpback Whales seen from the Qualicum Beach viewing stand, located at the north end of the beach.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk and then turned clear and sunny, making for a pleasant bird walk. Hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and singing Black Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia.  We spotted the first of the season Long-tailed Ducks just offshore.  Three Pigeon Guillimots, seven Ancient Murrelets and four Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait during the walk.  We watched a Merlin chasing a flock of crows high above a conifer tree near the trail.  Two Black Turnstones and seven Black Oystercatchers were seen on the gravel bar near the shore.
Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillimot
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
                                                               Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
White-crowned Sparrow
Anne’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 17, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum . Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.

Good birding 
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
















Sunday, 8 October 2017

Nanaimo bird report, October 08, 2017


Nanaimo bird report”
Explore Nature ---Go Birding
To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail
thebirdstore@shaw.ca

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

Sunday Bird Walk, October 08, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  The morning was cloudy with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  Three Harlequin Ducks and one Red-necked Grebe were seen on the Strait at the start of the walk. Twenty five Black Oystercatchers and two Black Turnstones were seen on the rocks just offshore.  Several Varied Thrushes,  a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Downy Woodpecker entertained us royally while they were feeding in an Arbutus tree just above the trail. 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Mallard
  Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
  Common Mergansers
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
  Double-crested Cormorant
  Pelagic Cormorant
  Great Blue Heron
    Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstones
Mew Gull
                                                                 California Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
  Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick's Wren
  Brown Creeper
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
  Song Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Harlequin Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:


The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was sunny and the winds were calm.  A Bald Eagle was spotted high in a conifer tree near the parking lot. Twelve Savannah Sparrows were perched in a bush next to the trail.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen hawking insects from a tall tree near the trail. A Merlin was spotted high in a conifer tree.  Twelve Horned Grebes, twenty Red-necked Grebes and five Western Grebes were seen not far from shore.  A large number of Pacific Loons, several Common Loons, four Double-crested Cormorants, six Pelagic Cormorants and one Pigeon Guillemot were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Two flocks of over one hundred Bonaparte's Gulls were seen heading up the Strait near the horizon.  A Brown Creeper was spotted climbing a fir tree next to the trail. Two Bewick’s Wrens were feeding on a small bush. Two Varied Thrush were spotted high up on a fir tree.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head and landed in a short tree giving us great views.  We had a great birding morning!  

Bonaparte's Gulls: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from California and Vancouver saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Pacific Loon
    Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
Iceland Gull
 California Gull
      Glaucous-winged Gull
     Northern Flicker
        Pileated Woodpecker
       Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow 
                                                Common Raven
                                      Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
                                                  Brown Creeper
                                         Red-breasted Nuthatch 
                                            Ruby-crowned Kinglet
                                         Golden-crowned Kinglet
                                         Yellow-rumped Warbler 
                                           Anna’s Hummingbird 
                                                American Robin      
                                                 Varied Thrush
                                                 Bewick’s Wren                                                                                                             Pacific Wren   
                                             European Starling  
                                              Spotted Towhee 
                                       Golden-crowned Sparrow 
                                        White-crowned Sparrow                                                                                                       Savannah Sparrow  
                                                 Song Sparrow
                                                Dark-eyed Junco  
                                                    Purple Finch
                                                    Pine Siskin 
                House Finch                        

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 10, 2017, will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35 a.m.

The Sunday Bird walk on October 15, 2017 will be going to The Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:30 a.m.
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