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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


NANAIMO 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, September 14, 2014:

The Sunday bird walk went to the Shelley road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm and the tide was high. We spotted an American Dipper along the river’s edge at the beginning of the walk and heard a Hutton’s Vireo calling near the parking lot. A few birders also got a quick look at a Black Headed Grosbeak just before it flew. At the end of the walk in the parking lot there was a Black Swift and a Sharp-shinned Hawk over head.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty three species: 

Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Mallard
Common Merganser
Northern Pintail
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Mew Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Band-tailed Pigeon
Black Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hutton’s Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Dipper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
American Pipit’s
 Cedar Waxwing
Black-headed Grosbeak
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Savannah’s Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch. 
 

Saturday, September 13:

 Two American Pipits were seen at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Nanaimo.

Friday, September 12:

Steller’s Jays have been reported in many areas around Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, Parksville and Qualicum Beach area. It is the first time in the last three years we have seen this much activity with Steller Jays visiting backyards.

Tuesday, September 9:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was sunny and warm with little breeze.  The ocean birds are starting to return as we had sightings of Scoters, Loons, Grebes, Cormorants and a variety of gulls.  We also had a sighting of a Stellar Jay and Dark-eyed Junco near the parking area.  Near the end of our walk we watched a Merlin fly into a conifer in an unsuccessful attempt to capture prey.  Then just as we were leaving we sighted a Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer and 2 Western Sandpipers feeding on the estuary side of the parking lot.
22 birders, including visitors from Quadra Island and California, saw or heard the following 33 species:

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Mallard
Surf Scoters
White-winged Scoters
Harlequin Duck
Common Mergansers
Common Loons
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Black Oystercatcher
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Greater Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Merlin
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Brewer's Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Stellar Jay
Dark-eyed Junco
Anna's Hummingbird

 Monday, September 8:

Rufous Hummingbird was seen at a feeder up at Little Qualicum River Village.

6 Horned Larks along with 200 Surfbirds, American Pipit and 4 Turkey Vultures was seen on Entrance Island just off Gabriola Island.

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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 September 16, 2014 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot #1 at Rathtrevor Provincial Park at approximately 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on September 21, 2014 will be going to Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot of Piper’s lagoon on Hammond Bay road at about 9:10 a.m.

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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, October 9, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.

Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.

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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

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WildResearch link---


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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/

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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walks for September

Tuesday bird walks—September 2014

 

Tuesday, September 02, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman Estuary in Parksville.

 

Tuesday, September 09, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.

 

Tuesday, September 16, will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.

 

Tuesday, September 23, will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

 

Tuesday September 30, will be going to Columbia Beach
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville.

Nanaimo bird report, September 07, 2014

NANAIMO 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, September 07, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm. We spotted two Marbled Murrelets on the bay near Shack Island giving us great views. We saw and heard many Chestnut-backed Chickadees throughout the morning.  Six American Pipits flew from the park across the Strait of Georgia.  A Black-throated Grey Warbler and Warbling Vireo were seen at the parking lot as we finished the walk.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species: 
Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Marbled Murrelet, Great Blue Heron, Thayer’s Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,Belted Kingfisher, Anna’s Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick’s Wren, Warbling Vireo, Black-throated Grey Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Savannah’s Sparrow, American Pipit’s, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskins.  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee: Ralph Hocken Photo.  
Saturday, September 06:
 Ten American Pipits were seen near the mudflats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 
Thursday, September 04:
Fifty Greater White-fronted Geese were seen flying over Departure Bay in Nanaimo.
 
A Western Tanager was seen along Rutherford Road in Nanaimo.  
Wednesday September 03:
Four Black-throated Grey Warblers and American Goldfinch were seen near Peterson Road and Millard Drive in Lantzville.  
Tuesday, September 02:
It was the first Tuesday that we have seen rain all summer and the Tuesday bird walk resumed for the year!  We went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning saw light rain then heavy rain then no rain and finished off with heavy rain. The big highlight of the morning was the rare sighting of an American Redstart with a flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees in the bushes next to the viewing platform. American Robins, Western Tanagers, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow Warbler, a Warbling Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher were spotted feeding in a berry bush further from the viewing platform. An Pelagic Cormorant, a Pacific Loon, Common Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls and California Gulls were seen on the Strait of Georgia. 
Twelve birders including a visiting birder from England saw and heard the following thirty-two species.
Canada Geese, Mallard, American Widgeon, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Pacific Loon,
Common Loon, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull,
Anna’s Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Warbling Vireo, Willow Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, European Starling, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow and American Goldfinch.
 

Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Monday, September 01:
A Cassin’s Vireo was spotted in Lantzville. 
Saturday, August 30: 
Red Crossbills were seen along Rutherford Road in Nanaimo 
Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover and Long-billed Dowitcher were seen at the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. A Greater Yellowlegs was seen at French Creek.
 
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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 September 09, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on September 14, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:30 a.m.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuk 
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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
 
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 02, 2014

It was the first Tuesday that we have seen rain all summer and the Tuesday bird walk resumed for the year!  We went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning saw light rain then heavy rain then no rain and finished off with heavy rain. The big highlight of the morning was the rare sighting of an American Redstart with a flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees in the bushes next to the viewing platform. American Robins, Western Tanagers, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow Warbler, a Warbling Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher were spotted feeding in a berry bush further from the viewing platform. An Pelagic Cormorant, a Pacific Loon, Common Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls and California Gulls were seen on the Strait of Georgia.                                                                         

American Redstart:
 
Twelve birders including a visiting birder from England saw and heard the following thirty-two species.
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Widgeon
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron 
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Warbling Vireo
Willow Flycatcher
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
American Goldfinch
 
Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on September 09, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at Parksville Bay at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 31, 2014

NANAIMO 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, August 31, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with cloudy periods. The highlight of the morning was hearing a Cassin’s Vireo singing continually from the top of a tree and catching glimpses as it moved. We also head a fledgling calling from the same area. We spotted a Hooded Merganser catch a frog and struggle as he swallowed it.
Eight birders including a visiting birder from the England saw and heard the following thirty-two species: 
Canada Geese, Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Belted Kingfisher, American Coot, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Northern Flicker, Anna’s Hummingbird, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Cassin’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, Brown-headed Cowbird, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, House Finch and  House Sparrow.
 
 Hooded Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 Saturday, August 30:
A Steller’s Jay was seen feeding in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville
 
Steller’s Jay: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Friday, August 29:
 A Barn Owl was seen along the Ugly Dwarf Meadows close to the Gas Station at the top of Nanoose Hill along Highway 19. 
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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 Tuesday September 02 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Bay Community Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Club playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of Highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. 
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The Sunday bird walk on September 07, 2014 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 a.m.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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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