Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 16, 2018


Tuesday bird walk, January 16, 2018:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Deep Bay.
The morning was mostly cloudy with light showers but we finished the morning in sunshine and blue skies!  A large flock of Dunlin flew along the far shore.  We spotted a Pie-billed Grebe just off shore.  A Black-bellied Plover was seen resting on the gravel near the shoreline. A Black Oystercatcher was spotted further along the shoreline. We saw eight Long-tailed Ducks in different plumages swimming and diving not twenty yards off shore giving us great views.  A large flock of Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen further off shore. The two surprise sightings of the morning were an Rufous Hummingbird and a Chipping Sparrow seen just off the trail at the point.
Long-tailed Ducks: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Ancient Murrelet
Pie-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwestern Crow
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
                                              Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on January 23, 2018, will be going the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 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 end of Shelly Road (on the oceanside of highway 19A) at about 9:10 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
The Blog: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca




Sunday, 14 January 2018

Nanaimo bird report, January 14, 2018


Nanaimo bird report, January 14, 2018:

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 bird walk, January 14, 2018       
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was foggy with calm winds. A Hairy Woodpecker was spotted in a tall tree. We spotted a flock of Evening Grosbeaks perched high up in a tall tree just off the trail. A large number of Black Oystercatchers flew near the shore and landed on a sand bar giving us great views. Two Spotted Towhees, a Fox Sparrow, a Song Sparrow, a White-crowned Sparrow and a Golden-crowned Sparrow were observed just off the trail. A Horned Grebe, a Red-necked Grebe and a Common Loon were seen off shore.



Evening Grosbeak: John Purves Photo: 

Sixteen birders including two visiting birders from Winnipeg saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
  Double-crested Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Mew Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Coopers Hawk
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Downey Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Evening Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
 House Finch
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco 

Fox Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

A pair of Canvas-backed Ducks and several Northern Shoveller's were seen at Somas Marsh in Duncan.  

Friday, January 12:
An American Kestrel was seen at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.

A Tundra Swan was spotted off Church Road in Parksville. 

Tuesday bird walk, January 09, 2018:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but there was a very strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Two Brant and a large flock of American Widgeons greeted us at the start of the walk. Two Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen feeding on the trail not far from us. A large number of Northern Pintail flew overhead heading up the Strait.  A flock of White-winged Scoters were spotted hiding in the high waves offshore. Common Murre were heading up the Strait all morning.  California Gulls and Mew Gulls flew high overhead.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler was spotted high up in a conifer tree. Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding in the low bushes just off the trail.
                                           
                                          Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-five birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Brant
                                                           American Widgeon
Mallard 
Harlequin Duck
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
 Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
                                                               Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
California Gull
Mew Gull
Iceland-Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Steller’s Jay
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Beswick’s Wren
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco 

Saturday, January 06:
Barn swallows were seen flying near Madrona Point in Nanoose Bay. 

Please Note

Check this site early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled! 

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The Tuesday Bird walk on January 16, 2018, will be going 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. 

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The Sunday walk on January 21, 2018, will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot (near the lawn bowling greens) at Bowen Park off Bowen Road at about 9:15 a.m.

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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:http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca














Tuesday, 9 January 2018


 

Tuesday bird walk, January 09, 2018:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.
The morning was mostly sunny but there was a very strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Two Brant and a large flock of American Widgeons greeted us at the start of the walk. Two Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen feeding on the trail not far from us. A large number of Northern Pintail flew overhead heading up the Strait.  A flock of White-winged Scoters were spotted hiding in the high waves offshore.  Common Murre heading up the Strait all morning.  California Gulls and Mew Gulls flew high overhead.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler was spotted high up in a conifer tree. Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding in low bushes just off the trail.
 
                                                               Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-five birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
 Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
California Gull
Mew Gull
Iceland-Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Steller’s Jay
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Beswick’s Wren
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
 
The Tuesday Bird walk on January 16, 2018, will be going 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. 

Good Birding
Neil Robins
 
                          THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &NATURE STORE
                                                    6314 Metral Drive
                                                        Nanaimo B.C.
                                                           V9T-2L
                                         Phone: 250-390-3669                                                      
  Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca
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Barn Swallow sighting

Spring must be near as there was a sighting of BARN SWALLOWS at Madrona Point in Nanoose Bay on January 6, 2018..


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Nanaimo bird report, January 07, 2018

Nanaimo bird report, January 07, 2018:

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. ************************************************************
Sunday bird walk, January 07, 2018 The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with lots of rain and very windy off the Strait of Georgia. We saw Harlequin Ducks and Red-breasted Mergansers just off shore. Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants were seen throughout the morning heading up the Strait. We watched as two Brown Creeper’s slowly make their way up the trunk of a tree just off the trail. Thirty Black Oystercatchers were perched on the rocks just offshore.

                                              Black Oystercatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Three birders saw and heard the following twenty-two species:
Bufflehead
Harlequin Duck
Horned Grebe
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
California Gul
l Iceland Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow

Wednesday January 03:
A Mourning Dove was spotted along Bolton Place in Nanaimo.

Monday, January 01: A Gray-crowned Rosy Finch was visiting a backyard along Marlbough Drive in Nanaimo.

Please Note Check this site early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

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The Tuesday bird walk on January 09, 2018 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. 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 main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday walk on January 14, 2018, will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at beach in front of the Nanoose Bay Church Camp off highway 19 and Arlington Road at about 9:15 a.m.

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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:http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca