Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 16, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was filled with light rain and the Strait of Georgia was calm. The highlights included seeing a Eurasian Wigeon in with a huge flock of American Wigeon next to the parking lot. Large numbers of singing Black Scoters along with many White-winged Scoters were not far from shore. Fifteen Long-tailed Ducks, two Marbled Murrelets, two Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were diving and surfacing just off the Point not far from shore giving great views.
                                   
               
Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.   
 
 
                                                  
 
 
                                                         Eurasian Wigeon: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from Manitoba saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
 Long-tailed Duck
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
 Pacific Loon
Common LoonHorned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Dunlin
 Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
 White-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
House Sparrow
House Finch
                                                             
                                                                    
  Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on December 23, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

Good Birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, December 14, 2014


NANAIMO 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, December 14, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
cloudy with calm winds. The highlights included seeing an Ancient Murrelet, two Marbled Murrelet and three Rhinoceros Auklet far off shore. Several flocks of Common Murre, Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Mergansers flew past just above the water. A flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets were feeding in the tall trees just off the trail.

Red-breasted Merganser: Ralph Hocken photo

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Trumpeter Swan
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Bufflehead
Horned Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Common Murre
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Great Blue Heron
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Song Sparrow
Pine Siskin

 

A Townsend’s Warbler was seen along Fairview Drive in North Nanaimo.

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken photo.

Saturday, December 13:
 A Rough-legged Hawk was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Friday, December 12:
Eight Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Marina Drive in the San Pariel area of Parksville. 

Evening Grosbeak: John Purves Photo.

 

Tuesday, December 09:

The bird walk on December 09, 2014, was cancelled!



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Friday, December 19-- The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca


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Sunday, December 28-- The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and
go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville
Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and
around the Oceanside area

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The Tuesday bird walk on December 16, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet
at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community
Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35
a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on December 21, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River
Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end
of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.

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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/


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WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/

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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
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“READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “

THE SEA AMONG US
THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
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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.com

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sunday bird walk location has changed for December 14, 2014

Raines Road going to the Nanaimo River Estuary has an  Evacuation Alert posted for it today. We have decided to go to Neck Point Park on December 14 for the Sunday bird walk rather then the Estuary. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Good birding
Neil Robins

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 09, 2014

Hi birders,
 
The bird walk on December 09, 2014 is cancelled!
 
The Tuesday bird walk on December 16, 2014 will go to Deep Bay—Weather permitting!
 
Good birding
Neil

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, December 07, 2014


NANAIMO 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, December 07, 2014:

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. Twenty-four Trumpeter Swans flew overhead in four different flocks.  Large numbers of Canada Geese and two Cackling Geese were resting on the marsh. Two Gadwall, several Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers moved through the marsh.  We heard a Virginia Rail just off the trail. American Robins were busy mobbing a Barred Owl who was perched on a tree close to us.  A Northern Waterthrush was spotted near the viewing platform straight across from the parking lot.

 

Barred Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Cackling Geese
Mallard
Gadwall
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ringed-necked Duck
Great Blue Heron
Glaucous-winged Gull
Virginia Rail
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Northern Waterthrush
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Eurasian Collared-Dove
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Pine Siskin
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbirds
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
House Sparrow   

Friday, December 05:
A possible female Yellow Warbler was seen checking out a hummingbird feeder in a backyard along Cedar Place in the San Perial area of  Parksville.       

Wednesday, December 03:
A Townsend’s Warbler was visiting a backyard along Granite Park Road in Nanaimo.

Tuesday, December 02:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and cool with calm winds. The highlights included seeing an estimated two thousand Dunlin with large numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstones feeding in tide pools and at the tide line. A flock of fourteen Brant flew in near the shore. A  Pigeon Guillemot, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and Barrow’s Goldeneye were seen further offshore. A Brown Creeper with a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets caught our attention at the edge of the forest as they moved about quickly feeding in the bushes just off the trail.

Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow

Brant: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

 

A Mute Swan was seen at Departure Bay Beach in Nanaimo 

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Sunday, December 14 --The Parksville/Qualicum Beach Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

Please contact Sandra Gray at saninerr@shaw.ca

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Friday, December 19-- The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca

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Sunday, December 28-- The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca

 

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

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The Tuesday bird walk on December 09, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35 a.m.

 

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The Sunday bird walk on December 14, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.

 

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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

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WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/

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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/

 

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“READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “

 

THE SEA AMONG US

THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA

RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE

 

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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