Friday, 2 December 2016

Bird Report - November 27 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, November 27, 2016: 

This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning’s weather was cool, overcast and a couple of small showers. It was very quiet at the start, very few ducks on the marsh.
A couple of the highlights were seeing the Virgina Rail seen by the tall viewing stand and the 6 Trumpeter Swans that flew over. The parking lot bird seen at the end of the walk were a few Golden-crowned Kinglets passing through.

 


Trumpeter Swans in flight. Photo by Ralph Hocken

Twenty birders saw and heard the following thirty one species:

Trumpeter Swan 
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Mallard
Gadwall
Hooded Merganser
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Pied-billed Grebe
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Virginia Rail
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-doves
California Quail
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northwestern Crow
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Northern Shrike
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Sparrow 



Sunday November 27:
NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in a backyard near the 2500 block of Glenayr drive, Nanaimo.

Thursday November 24:
2 – STELLER’S JAYS were seen on Summit drive, near Long Lake in Nanaimo.
4 - STELLER’S JAYS were also reported at end of Douglas Avenue, near the Chase River.

Thursday November 24:
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was seen again at Pipers Lagoon. It was seen between the parking lot and the fort on the lagoon side.

ROCK WREN was also seen at Pipers Lagoon further up the trail from the Mountain Bluebird.

Monday November 21:
Immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Buttertubs Marsh.

Sunday November 20:
ROCK WREN was seen again at Neck Point Park,

Saturday November 19:
4 – GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Buttertubs Marsh



Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk
November 22, 2016:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with rain showers and a very strong wind blasting off the Strait of Georgia.  We had several good views of Pacific Wrens in the underbrush near the trails throughout the morning.  A Brown Creeper caught our attention as it crept up a conifer tree. We watched Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding close to the ground during the morning. A flock of Surf Scoters, a White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck were seen heading down the Strait.  A flock of Black Turnstones flew low over the stormy water heading towards the shore.
 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seven enthusiastic birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Mallard
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
American Widgeon
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt's Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Turnstone
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 29, 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 meet at Columbia Beach at about 9:15, a.m. (Turn off highway 19a at Columbia Drive turn right on Admiral Tryon Blvd. go about 100 meters turn left onto the parking area.) 


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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 Tuesday bird walk on December 6, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor  Beach Provincial Park 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 main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on December 4, 2016 will be going to the Shelly road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly road at about 9:20 a.m.
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     Good birding
Colin Bartlett.


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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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with rain showers and a very strong wind blasting off the Strait of Georgia.  We had several good views of Pacific Wrens in the underbrush near the trails throughout the morning.  A Brown Creeper caught our attention as it creped up a conifer tree. We watched Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding close to the ground during the morning.A flock of Surf Scoters, a White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck were seen heading down the Strait.  A flock of  Black Turnstones flew low over the stormy water heading towards the shore.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seven enthusiastic birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Mallard
                                                         Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
 American Widgeon
Long-tailed Duck
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
 Brandt's Cormorant
Bald Eagle
 Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Black Turnstone
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Pacific Wren
 Brown Creeper
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
  Dark-eyed Junco
 


Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 29, 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 meet at Columbia Beach at about 9:15, a.m. (Turn off highway 19a at Columbia Drive turn right on Admiral Tryon Blvd. go about 100 meters turn left onto the parking area.)  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

       http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

       thebackyard@shaw.ca

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Nanaimo bird report, November 20, 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-*q
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, November 20, 2016: 

This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  The morning was cloudy with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets were feeding on trees high above us. The bird of the morning was the sighting of a Rock Wren.  We watched the bird as it hopped on logs, off logs and underneath logs at the water’s edge.  We watched in fascination as three Hump- backed Whales swam down the Strait about 75% of the way to the horizon.  Four Trumpeter Swans were flying above whales, also heading down the Strait. A River Otter was seen on the rocks at the Point.  

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:

Trumpeter Swan 

Canada Geese

American Widgeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Harlequin Duck

White-wing Scoter

Black Scoter

Surf Scoter

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Bufflehead

Red-necked Grebe

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Brandt Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Marbled Murrelet

Common Murre

Belted Kingfisher

Black Oystercatcher

Bald Eagle

Mew Gull

California Gull

Thayer’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

European Starling

Rock Wren

Pacific Wren

Bewick's Wren

Brown Creeper

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco 



A Mountain Bluebird and two Bald Eagles were seen at Pipers Lagoon by many of the birders after the walk.





Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk

November 15, 2016:

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  A Hutton's Vireo, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and two Ruby-crowned Kinglets played hide and seek with us just off the trail. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over the river just above us giving us quick views. A first of the season Eurasian Widgeon was spotted feeding with a flock of American Widgeon at the shoreline.  A Hooded Merganser, a Greater Scaup and a Northern Shoveler were seen just off shore. We watched a Northern Shrike who was perched in the bushes along the edge of the estuary fly off several times only to return to his perch.

Twenty birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:

Canada Geese

Brant

American Widgeon

Eurasian Widgeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-wing Teal

Northern Shoveler

Black Scoter

White-wing Scoter

Greater Scaup

Bufflehead

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Pelagic Cormorant

Brandt’s Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Belted Kingfisher

Black Turnstone

Dunlin

Bald Eagle

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Coopers Hawk

Northern Shrike

Mew Gull

California Gull

Thayer's Gull

Herring Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna's Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Eurasian-collared Dove

American Robin

Hutton's Vireo

Bushtit

Brown Creeper

Pacific Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

  

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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 Tuesday bird walk on November 22, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor  Beach Provincial Park 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 main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on November 27, 2016 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Jingle Pot 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, 15 November 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 15, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.A Hutton's Vireo, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and two Ruby-crowned Kinglets played hide and seek with us just off the trail. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over the river just above us giving us quick views. A first of the season Eurasian Widgeon was spotted feeding with a flock of American Widgeon at the shoreline.  A Hooded Merganser, a Greater Scaup and a Northern Shoveler were seen just off shore. We watched a Northern Shrike who was perched in the bushes along the edge of the estuary fly off several times only to return to his perch. 
 

 
                               Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Northern Shoveler
Black Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Coopers Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Robin
Hutton's Vireo
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

 
                                                Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 22, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor  Beach Provincial Park 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 main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville  

       thebackyard@shaw.ca

Monday, 14 November 2016

Yellow-billed Loon

Rare Bird Alert---A Yellow-billed Loon was seen from the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach  at about one p.m. today, November 14, 2016


Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville