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Nanaimo bird report, October 23, 2016 (1 Viewer)

Neil Robins

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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, October 23, 2016:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with light rain showers. A Northern Shrike was perched at the top of the tall snag near the parking area. A Northern Harrier flew over head. A Western Grebe, a Brandt’s Cormorant, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Surf Scoters and many White-winged Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia. Two Chestnut-backed Chickadees were seen next to the trail.
Ten birders including a visiting bird from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following thirty-three species:
Snow Geese
Mallard
Bufflehead
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Brewers Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch

Tuesday, October 18:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and Lot Ten off Highway 19a and Kinkade Road in Qualicum Beach. The morning started cloudy with light rain showers and calm winds but the rain stopped, making for a pleasant walk. We saw Black Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks on the Strait of Georgia--our first of the season. Pacific Loons and Common Loons were plentiful on the strait. Black-bellied Plovers, Black Oystercatchers and Black Turnstones flew in close to shore giving us great views. We heard and then saw several Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets throughout the morning. Bewick’s Wrens and Pacific Wrens entertained us just off the trail.
Thirteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch

Monday, October 17:
“Rare Bird Alert”
A White-throated Sparrow was seen near the southwest corner parking lot, about 100 meters along the straight stretch of trail heading north, at Buttertubs Marsh, in Nanaimo.

Sunday, October 16:
“Rare Bird Alert”
A Rock Wren was seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
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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 October 25, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot in Rathtrevor at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on October 30, 2016 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road off Cedar Road at about 9:30 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: [email protected]
Blog: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/
 

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