Sunday, 23 April 2017

Nanaimo bird report, April 23, 2017


“Nanaimo bird report”
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Sunday Bird Walk, April 23, 2017:  
The Sunday bird walk went to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A singing Red-breasted Nuthatch welcomed us to the sanctuary. We heard Orange-crowned Warblers for most of the morning. We saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Townsend’s Warbler, not far from the trail. We had great views of a Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding just above the trail.  A Cassin’s Vireo was heard singing its unique song as we walked the trail. A Barred Owl was heard calling near the end of the walk. Several Turkey Vultures were seen high overhead.



Black-throated Gray Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Mallard
Bufflehead
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
                                                     Barred Owl
Eurasian-collared Dove
Steller’s Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
                                            Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin  

Saturday April 22:
A Short-billed Dowitcher, a Townsend’s Solitaire, Eight Western Sandpipers, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwings and a Hermit Thrush were seen along the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer Road side in Parksville. 


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 18:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out with heavy rains, but soon the sun was shining making for a pleasant morning. Four noisy Red-breasted Sapsuckers were seen moving throughout the tall trees at the start of the walk.  Pileated Woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen all morning.  A Black Swift, a Purple Martin and a Violet-green Swallow flew overhead. We saw six Townsend’s Warblers, one Black-throated Gray Warbler, numerous Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding in the tall Big-Leaf Maple Trees along the trail. We heard two Barred Owls calling to each other and then one flew just over our heads and landed in a nearby tree, giving us great views. We watched as several Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches unsuccessfully mobbed the owl. A Hermit Thrush was spotted on big stump near the trail. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen hawking insects throughout the morning.  It was a very good Spring-time birding morning.



Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
                                                         Black Swift
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch's
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Townsend’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hutton’s Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin  

A male Rufous Hummingbird, two Chipping Sparrows, two White-crowned Sparrows and a Golden-crowned Sparrow were seen in the 6600 block of Nethen Road in Nanaimo.

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo: 


The Tuesday bird walk on April 25, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.

The Sunday bird walk on April 30 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird & nature Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Regional Park, at about 9:20 a.m. Take Northwest Bay Road off Highway19 and exit on Stewart Road follow the signs to the Park.

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








Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 18, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out with heavy rains, but soon the sun was shinning making for a pleasant morning. Four noisy Red-breasted Sapsuckers were seen moving throughout the tall trees at the start of the walk.  Pileated Woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen all morning.  A Black Swift, a Purple Martin and a Violet-green Swallow flew overhead. We saw six Townsend’s Warblers, one Black-throated Gray Warbler, numerous Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding in the tall Big-Leaf Maple Trees along the trail. We heard two Barred Owls calling to each other and then one flew just over our heads and landed in a nearby tree, giving us great views. We watched as several Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches unsuccessfully mobbed the owl. A Hermit Thrush was spotted on big stump near the trail. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen hawking insects throughout the morning.  It was a very good spring-time birding morning.
 
 



Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Black Swift
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch's
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Townsend’s Warbler
 Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hutton’s Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 25, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.  

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
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easter Holiday Closure

We will be CLOSED this Good Friday April 14th and on Easter Sunday April 16.
Open as usual on Saturday and Monday.
There is NO Bird Walk this Sunday April 15.
Happy Easter!

SCOTERS GALORE!

We have received a few reports of Scoters in mass off the shores of Lantsville B.C. estimated at about 20,000 plus a few other species mixed in. There was a herring spawn in the area not long ago and I am told that it is knee deep in areas of herring roe.
It is a spectacular sight to see and hear so if you have a chance head down to the waterfront in Lantzville, it doesn't last long.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 10, 2017

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds. We saw numerous Rufous Hummingbirds perched at the top of the bushes at the start of the walk. A Lincoln’s Sparrow and a first of the season Chipping Sparrow were seen close to the trail just across the river. Several flocks of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were seen heading down the strait. A flock of thousands of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Bufflehead, Brant and Greater Scaup were roosting on the Strait just past the Art Gallery. A Common Murre, a Pigeon Guillemot, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen further off shore. A Eurasian Widgeon was spotted in with a flock of American Wigeon on the ocean side of the estuary. An Orange-crowned Warbler was seen low in the bushes next to the trail.

Chipping Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following sixty-four species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Mallard
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Orange-crowned Warbler
                                                      Yellow-rumped Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
Marsh Wren
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin 

                                
Cassin’s Vireo: John Purves Photo:
The Tuesday bird walk on April 18 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the Parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:10 a.m.
 

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