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Nanaimo bird report, Septemberl 11, 2016 (1 Viewer)

Neil Robins

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Sunday, September 11, 2016:

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs West in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with strong winds. We had an excellent talk and demonstration by Eric Demers and the VIU bander's on the banding of birds and the environment of Buttertubs West. We watched in fascination as Eric banded and measured each of the following species--- Common Yellowthroat, Bewick’s Wren, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow and a Swainson’s Thrush.

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following twenty species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Spotted Towhee

Saturday, September 10:
American Pipits, a Baird’s Sandpiper and a Whimbrel were seen at the Englishman River Mud flats in Parksville.

Tuesday bird walk, September 06:
The first Tuesday bird walk of the season went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was mostly cloudy with calm winds. We spotted a family of Brown Creepers moving up the trunk of a tall Big Leaf Maple Tree at the start of the walk. The seabirds are beginning to arrive for the winter----Surf Scoters, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Pelagic Cormorants Common Murre and a Marbled Murrelet were all seen on the Strait of Georgia. A Barn Swallow, a Purple Martin, a Vaux’s Swift and a Black Swift were seen overhead. A Yellow Warbler, several Orange-crowned Warblers, a Wilson’s Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, a Warbling Vireo, a Willow Flycatcher and a Lincoln's Sparrow was seen near the end of a great walk.
Eleven birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Canada Geese
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Vaux’s Swift
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Yellow Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Willow Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln's Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

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 go to a different location in the Oceanside area.

The Sunday bird walk on September 18, 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 at about 9:30 a.m.


The Tuesday bird walk on September 13, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club playground at 9:00 a.m. in Parksville, or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.


For more information on VIU Banding check this site https://wordpress.viu.ca/gooseproject/.
Good birding
Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: [email protected]
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

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