Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 22, 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
May 22, 2018:
  The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and very warm, but it cooled off when we entered the forest. Swainson's Thrush’s entertained us all morning.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles flew overhead. We had great views of three McGillivray's Warblers perched and singing on the walk.  A Western Tanager was seen high up in the tall tree near the trail.  A Pileated Woodpecker was spotted flying into its nest hole along the edge of the forest.  Willow Flycatchers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were heard during the walk.  A Common Yellowthroat gave us great views in the bushes just off the road.  A juvenile Great Horned Owl was spotted perched in a tree back in the bushes.  An adult Great Horned Owl was being mobbed by American Robins along the trail at the end of the walk.

Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo:

Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Great Horned Owl
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
McGillivray's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch
                                              Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Sunday Bird Walk on May 27, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville..  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:25 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 29, 2018 will be going to the Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Kinkade Road on the forest side of highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
                                                                     Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Nanaimo bird report, May 20, 2018




Nanaimo bird Report,May 20, 2018.

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.
***********************************************************
Sunday bird walk, May 20, 2018  
The Sunday bird walk went to the Linley Valley in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy and calm.  We heard and then saw a Black-headed Grosbeak at the start of the walk.  A Western Tanager was seen in the same area. Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Warbling Vireos and Cassin’s Vireos were heard throughout the walk.  We had great views of a Wilson's Warbler just off the trail.  Several Common Yellowthroats were heard near the lake. Wood Ducks were seen on the lake.
                                               Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Mallard
Wood Duck
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Glaucous-wing Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
  Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brewers Blackbird
Red-wing Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 
Pine Siskin
Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, May 15, 2018:  The Tuesday bird walk went to The Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny and very warm. We spotted a flock of Bushtits and a Brown Creeper at the start of the walk.  A Black-throated Grey Warbler was seen singing at the top of a very tall tree. We saw a Rufous Hummingbird and Anna’s Hummingbird perched high up in a tall tree.  Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures were soaring overhead during the morning.  A Black-and-White Warbler  was seen just off the trail.  Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks and Swanson’s Thrush were heard throughout the morning.  A very fast Peregrine Falcon was spotted chasing prey.  A MacGillivray’s Warbler entertained us for ten minutes from his perch just off the trail.
                                   MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:


Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Turkey Vulture
Rock Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Swanson’s Thrush
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Sunday, May 13:
A Blue-wing Teal was spotted on Brookwood Marsh in north Nanaimo.
Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 22, 2018 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:10 am.
The Sunday Bird Walk on May 27, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of highway 19a at about 9:25 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Friday, 18 May 2018

CLOSED VICTORIA DAY

We will be closed this Victoria Day Monday May 21.

Open Sunday 12:00-4:30 and the bird walk will be going out Linley Valley.

Have a great weekend, good birding!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 15, 2018




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
May 15, 2018:
  The Tuesday bird walk went to The Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny and very warm. We spotted a flock of Bushtits and a Brown Creeper at the start of the walk.  A Black-throated Grey Warbler was seen singing at the top of a very tall tree. We saw a Rufous Hummingbird and Anna’s Hummingbird perched high up in a tall tree.  Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures were soaring overhead during the walk.  A Black-and-White Warbler was seen just off the trail.  Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks and Swanson’s Thrush were heard throughout the morning.  A very fast Peregrine Falcon was spotted chasing prey.  A MacGillivray’s Warbler entertained us for ten minutes from his perch just off the trail.

                                          MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Turkey Vulture
Rock Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Swanson’s Thrush
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch  
                                                       Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 20, 2018 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the Burma Road entrance to Linley Valley off Lost Lake Road in north Nanaimo at about 9:20 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 22, 2018 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:10 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
                                                                  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Nanaimo bird report, May 13, 2018




Nanaimo bird Report,May 13, 2018:

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.
***********************************************************
Sunday bird walk, May 13, 2018  
The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles were seen throughout the morning. We had great views of a Wilson’s Warbler right next to the trail. Tree Swallows and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead.  A Cassin’s Vireo was heard singing for the longest time near the trail.  A Townsend’s Warbler and a Black Throated-grey Warbler were seen just off the trail in the same tree.  Willow Flycatchers, Pacific-sloped Flycatchers, Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks were heard for most of the morning.
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
  American Robin
Swanson’s Thrush
  European Starling
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Cassin’s Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black Throated-grey Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
  Song Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
                                                            American Goldfinch
 Pine Siskin
Tree Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

A Black-headed Grosbeak is visiting feeders along Meridian Way in Parksville.

Friday, May 11:
A Black-headed Grosbeak is visiting feeders at the end of Lakeside Drive in the Cinnabar Valley.

Wednesday, May 09:   
Red Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks are visiting feeders along Elizabeth Way in Lantzville.

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks is visiting a back yard in the 800 block of Douglas Avenue in Nanaimo.   

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
 May 08, 2018:
  The Tuesday bird walk went to Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery with a brief stop at the Brant Viewing Tower in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was sunny. The walk was two and a half miles long, taking two hours and fifty minutes. Two Blue-wing Teal, White-winged Scoters, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser and Pacific Loons in breeding plumage were seen offshore at the viewing platform.  We saw an American Dipper feeding it’s young at the fish hatchery.  We heard a Western Tanager singing and a Swanson’s Thrush calling near the trail.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted near the trail.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Warbling Vireo and an Orange-crowned Warbler were seen in a tall Big-leaf Maple tree.  We heard and saw and heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hammond’s Flycatchers and Willow Flycatchers through out the morning.  Six Turkey Vultures flew over head at the end of the walk.

                                         Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:                                     

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:               

                                               Harlequin Duck
Blue-wing Teal
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Murre
                                                                     Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Red-necked Grebe
  Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Dipper
Iceland Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-wing Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
Swanson’s Thrush
European Starling
Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler 
 Yellow Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
                                            Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch
                                                   Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 15, 2018 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the top bridge trail entrance (look for sign) at Industrial Way and Tuan Road at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 20, 2018 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the Burma Road entrance to Linley Valley, off Lost Lake Road in north Nanaimo at about 9:20 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD& NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669Fax: 250-390-1633