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Nanaimo bird report, January 03, 2016

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Neil Robins
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Nanaimo bird report, January 03, 2016

BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at [email protected]
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, January 03, 2016
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy and cool with calm winds. We saw the following four species of woodpeckers-Northern Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers and a Red-breasted Sapsucker, during the morning. A Double-crested Cormorant was heading up the Strait of Georgia followed by a Common Murre. A Pelagic Cormorant and a Brandt’s Cormorant were roosting on the rocks near the shore. Several male Red-breasted Mergansers were just off shore giving us great views.
Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species.
Bufflehead
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Harlequin Duck
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Common Murre
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Northwest Crow
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Anna's Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Spotted Towhee
European Starling
Dark-eyed Junco
Fox Sparrow
House Finch
Song Sparrow
Pine Siskin

A Peregrine Falcon and about 20 Western Meadowlarks were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Tuesday, January 05.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the North Entrance to the Englishman River Estuary off of Mills Road in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of a Common Redpoll perched on top of a tall Cedar Tree not far from the viewing platform. The Redpoll stayed on it’s perch for a long period of time, looking in all directions, and giving us great views! We saw a female Pine Grosbeak feeding along the Corfield Trail. Ten Western Meadowlarks were perched in a tall deciduous tree near the edge of the estuary on the Community Park side. A Northern Shrike was also perched in the same area. We saw a large number of Northern Flickers throughout the morning. Flocks of Brant and Long-tail Ducks flew up the Strait of Georgia.
Thirteen birders including a visiting birder from New Brunswick saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Gadwall
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Bufflehead
Long-tail Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Common Murre
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Coopers Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
California Quail
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Varied Thrush
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Western Meadowlark
Spotted Towhee
Red-wing Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Pine Grosbeak
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Common Redpoll
House Finch
Pine Siskin

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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 January 05, 2016 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids 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 bird walk on January 10, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor at about 9:30 a.m.

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Good birding
Neil Robins

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Nanaimo B.C.
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Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: [email protected]
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