Monday, October 20, 2014

Artic Loon

An Artic Loon was seen and studied for about 30 minutes offshore from the viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach on October 20, 2014.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, October 19, 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, October 19, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with strong winds. We saw many Surf Scoters Pacific Loons and Common Loons among the oyster barrels.  A red-tailed Hawk flew overhead giving us great views. A Northern Shrike was perched on the top of a Cedar Tree giving us long looks as it looked for prey. We saw three Savannah Sparrows low in the bushes near the trail.
Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty species:
Canada Geese
 Mallard
American Widgeon
 Northern Pintail
 Green-winged Teal
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Red-breasted Merganser
Red-tailed Hawk
  Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Northern Shrike
California Quail
 Mew Gull
 California Gull,
Thayer’s Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northwestern Crow
Northern Flicker
 Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Spotted Towhee 
Saturday, October 18:
A Coopers Hawk was seen in the flying over the Backyard Wildbird & Nature store on Metral Drive in Nanaimo. 
A Rufous Hummingbird was seen visiting a feeder in the Thunderbird area near the Nanaimo Hospital in Nanaimo. 
Over one hundred Snow Geese were seen heading south over Dolphin Drive in Nanoose Bay. 
Thursday, October 16: 
A Lapland Longspur was seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.  
Wednesday, October 15:
A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen in a backyard on Kilpatrick Road in Nanaimo. 
Tuesday, October 14:
 The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay with a quick stop at Nile Creek. The morning was cloudy and very windy with a light shower to finish off the morning.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head just above us, giving us great views. Two Bald Eagles were spotted on their nest high in a tall conifer. Two Yellow-rumped Warbler’s and a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglet’s were seen in the bushes just off the trail. Large numbers of Harlequin Duck’s, Surf Scoter’s, White - Winged Scoters, a few Black Scoter’s, Long-tailed Duck’s and Greater Scaup were seen just offshore. Three Western Grebe’s, several Red-necked Grebe’s and Horned Grebe’s were seen throughout the morning on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese flew high overhead heading west.
Two Heermann's Gull’s along with Mew Gull’s, California Gull’s, Thayer's Gull’s and Glaucous-winged Gull’s were seen at the Nile Creek Estuary 
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Trumpeter Swan
Greater White-fronted Geese
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
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
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Heermann's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet
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
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
  
          Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
 A Western Screech Owl was spotted in a backyard along Morell Circle in Nanaimo.
 
Two great Horned Owls were seen at the Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.
 
                                                      
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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****************************************************************************
The Tuesday bird walk on October 21, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. 
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The Sunday bird walk on October 26, 2014 will be going to the Neck Point Park. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m. 
 
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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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
 
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 14, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay with a quick stop at Nile Creek. The morning was cloudy and very windy with a light shower to finish off the morning.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head just above us, giving us great views. Two Bald Eagles were spotted on their nest high in a tall conifer. Two Yellow-rumped Warbler’s and a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglet’s were seen in the bushes just off the trail.  Large numbers of Harlequin Duck’s, Surf Scoter’s, White-winged Scoter’s, a few Black Scoter’s, Long-tailed Duck’s and Greater Scaup were seen just offshore. Three Western Grebe’s, several Red-necked Grebe’s and Horned Grebe’s were seen throughout the morning on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese flew high overhead heading west. Two Heermann's Gull’s along with Mew Gull’s, California Gull’s, Thayer's Gull’s and Glaucous-winged Gull’s were seen at the Nile Creek Estuary.

                                   

                                                              Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                               

 Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Trumpeter Swan
Greater White-fronted Geese
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
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
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Heermann's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet
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
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch 

The Tuesday bird walk on October 21, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.  

                                                                                       
          Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, October 12, 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, October 12, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Northern Harrier was spotted flying low over the field.  We saw and heard a Steller’s Jay and a Belted Kingfisher noisily fly around us for a good part of the morning.  We saw two Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding in a bush next to the trail.  A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese and a flock of Double-crested Cormorants flew overhead and circled around the area.
 
Northern Harrier: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Ten birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Canada Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Mallard,  American Widgeon, Greater Scaup, Great Blue Heron, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, Double-crested Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, California Gull,  Glaucous-winged Gull,  European Starling, Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Spotted Towhee,  Song Sparrow,  Golden-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow,  Lincoln’s Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and  House Finch. 
Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Wednesday, October 8:
Western Grebe’s, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen offshore from Pebble Beach at Columbia Beach. 
 A Dunlin and Killdeer were seen at the Mud Flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  
Tuesday, October 07.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, making for a great morning of birding. We heard a Pacific Wren singing at the start of the walk.  An Eurasian Widgeon was spotted near the shore swimming with the American Widgeons. Several flocks of Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were heading down the Strait of Georgia. A Western Grebe was seen near the shore. There were a large number of Pacific Loons on the Strait.   
                               White-winged Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Harlequin Duck, Green-wing Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Marbled Murrelet, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Killdeer, Mew Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Eurasian-collared Dove, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch and American Goldfinch.
             Scurf Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
                              Monday, October 06:
Thirteen Heermann’s Gulls and a Herring Gull were spotted at Nile Creek. 
Sunday, October 05:
A Snow Goose and three Heermann’s Gulls were seen at Nile Creek.  
A Ross’s Goose and seventy Cackling Geese were seen at McCoy Lake near Port Alberni. 
Monday September 22:
. Red Crossbills and a Western Tanager were spotted near the Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. 
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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 October 14, 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 the Marina at the dock in Deep Bay at about 9:35 a.m.  
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The Sunday bird walk on October 19, 2014 will be going to the Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Beach near the Church Camp off Arlington Road at about 9:20 a.m.
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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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