Thursday, 28 July 2016

Black Swift

Hi birders,

 

Marilynne and I stopped in at Deep Bay on July 27, near the postal boxes and saw two young Northern Rough-wing Swallows being feed on the hydro lines just above us. We heard and then saw a Black Swift feeding a fledgling at the top of a very tall conifer tree. We watched and heard the Swift returning again and again to feed its offspring. A very great sighting for sure, the first time I have ever seen the Black Swift feeding a youngster.

 

 

Good birding

Neil Robins

Parksville.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Nanaimo bird report, July 24, 2016


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, July 24, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  A leucistic Common Raven flew overhead giving us great views. Willow Flycatchers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were singing and entertaining us all morning. We saw a Black-throated Warbler high in the tall trees.  A Western Tanager spent  a long time preening itself on a branch just off the trail giving us great views.
 


Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Ten birders including visiting birders from Portugal and Oregon saw and heard the following thirty species: 
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed hawk
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Western Wood Pewee
Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Bushtit
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin 

Friday, July 22:
A Female Black-throated Gray Warbler was seen sitting in an Ocean Spray bush in the 2800 block of Skrimshire Road in Shawnigan Lake. 

Thursday, July 21:
Nine Common Nighthawks over a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville this evening at about 8 p.m. 

A family of four Pileated Woodpeckers- a male, female and two fledglings are visiting suet feeders in a backyard along Barrington Road in Nanaimo. 

Monday, July 18:
A male Western Tanager and a flock of Cedar Waxwings were seen in a backyard in Ladysmith. 

A Semipalmated Plover, over one hundred  Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers, a Semipalmated Sandpiper and twelve Killdeer were seen at the Plumber Road mud flats in Parksville on the Englishman River  Estuary. 

Common Loons, Pelagic Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, two Surf Scoters, twenty Black-bellied Plovers, a Bonaparte Gull, twenty California Gulls, a Caspian Tern, three Pigeon Guillemot and twelve Black Oystercatchers were seen on the Strait of Georgia off the Plummer Road side of the Englishman in Parksville. 

Four Greater Yellowlegs and Purple Martin were seen at French Creek. 

Black Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers were seen at Columbia Beach. 

Saturday, July 16: 
A large flock of Common Nighthawks were seen at 6:30 p.m. over the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive, near Departure Bay, Nanaimo. 

Friday July 15:
A flock of fourteen Common Nighthawks were seen over the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive, near Departure Bay, Nanaimo. 

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  The Tuesday bird walk has ended for the summer. They will resume on September 06, 2016.


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The Sunday bird walk on July 31, 2016 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road off Lost Lake Road in north Nanaimo at about 9:20 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:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hi birders,
 
A Semipalmated Plover,  100 Western Sandpipers, over 100 Least Sandpipers, a Semipalmated Sandpiper and twelve Killdeer were seen at the Plumber Road mud flats in Parksville on the Englishman River  estuary.  

Common Loons, Pelagic Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese,  two Surf Scoters, twenty Black-bellied Plovers, a Bonaparte Gull, twenty California Gulls, a Caspian Tern, three Pigeon Guillemot and twelve Black Oystercatchers were seen on the Strait of Georgia off the Plummer Road side of the Englishman in Parksville. 

Four Greater Yellowlegs and Purple Martin were seen at French Creek. 

Black Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers were seen at Columbia Beach. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Nanaimo bird report, July 17, 2016


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, July 17, 2016:

The Sunday bird walk went to the Ladysmith Harbour. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  We saw a family of five River Otters just off shore near the parking lot at the start of the walk. Purple Martins were the highlight of the walk and we saw and heard them chatting overhead all morning. Four Purple Martin chicks were seen in the nest cam that has been set up along the dock. Three Pigeon Guillemots were spotted flying low over the water heading down the Strait of Georgia. We saw five Black Turnstones were seen resting along one of the docks along the water. 
 

Purple Martin: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Eight birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:  
     Common Merganser
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Pelagic Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Glaucous-winged Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Dove
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Orange-crowned Warbler
Warbling Vireo
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Bushtit
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
European Starling
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

Saturday, July 16:
Over eighty Common Nighthawks were seen from the VIU parking lot in Nanaimo.

Common Nighthawks see over Meridian Way in Parksville and over

Highway 19A between Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Monday, July 11:
A large number of Red Crossbills are frequenting feeders in Nanoose Bay.

Over one hundred Least and Western Sandpipers, one Semipalmated Sandpiper, one Greater Yellowlegs and a Long-billed Dowitcher, along with a flock of Canada Geese were seen at the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

Two Pigeon Guillemots were seen off shore from the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

 A Least Sandpiper was seen along the Millstone River Estuary in Nanaimo.

Sunday, July 10:
.  A Long-billed Dowitcher was seen at the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville

Tuesday July 05:
. Four Short-billed Dowitchers and twenty Western and Least Sandpipers were seen at Port Renfrew.
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  The Tuesday bird walk has ended for the summer. They will resume on September 06, 2016.
    *******************************************************************************The Sunday bird walk on July 24, 2016 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parksville at about 9:30 a.m. (take the Highway 4a exit into Parksville and turn left on Despard Avenue)
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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:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

Monday, 11 July 2016

Shorebirds at the Mud flats in Parksville

Over one hundred Least and Western Sandpipers, one Semipalmated Sandpiper, one Greater Yellowlegs and a long-billed Dowitcher, along with a flock of Canada Geese were seen at the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The birds were seen today at about noon, July 11, 2016
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville