Friday, 24 February 2017

2017 Winter Seed Sale

Winter Seed Sale

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store's
Winter Bird Seed Sale
Is on Now!


It is time to get ready for our feathered friends.
Pre purchase your seed supply and save

SAVE 15% OFF
Jugs & 20lb bird seed bags
With a minimum purchase of $120
Until March 11 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 21, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk on February 21, 2017 went to Deep Bay.  The morning was sunny and warm and the winds were calm.  The Strait of Georgia was as smooth as glass.  Four Trumpeter Swans flew over head. A large number of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen and heard on the water not far from shore.  A flock of at least sixty-eight Long-tailed Ducks were about fifty feet from shore and entertained us with their singing for a good part of the morning.  A Pigeon Guillemot in winter plumage was spotted near the boats.  A White-crowned Sparrow, two Golden-crowned Sparrows were in the bushes along the roadway  and there were several House Finch's were perched and singing just off the road—Spring is here!!  
 
 
Long-tailed Ducks: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Trumpeter Swan
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwester Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker 
California Quail 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Brewer’s Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
                                                            Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch 

 Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on February 28, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach.Meet at the Parksville Community Park in Parksville, at the parking lot near the Lions 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
Parksville 

 http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

       thebackyard@shaw.ca

 

 

 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Nanaimo bird report, February 19, 2017


“Nanaimo bird report”

“Explore Nature--Go Birding”



To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail thebirdstore@shaw.ca
Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sightings.



Sunday bird walk, February 19, 2017 

The Sunday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with light rain showers. Over sixty

Brant Geese, Mew Gulls, Thayer's Gulls California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls  were feeding along the tide line close to shore. Several

Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Pelagic Cormorants, Brandt’s Cormorants,

Double-crested Cormorants and a Common Murre were seen further offshore.  We had great views of two Golden-crowned Kinglets who were feeding on a bush just off the trail.


Brant Geese: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Twelve birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:

Brant Geese

American Widgeon

Mallard

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black scoter

Northern Pintail

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

                                              Long-tailed Duck

                                                Horned Grebe

Bufflehead

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pelagic Cormorant

Brandt’s Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Common Murre

Mew Gull

Thayer's Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Black Oystercatcher

Bald Eagle

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

European Startling

American Robin

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

Pine Siskin



Saturday, February 18:

Two Sandhill Cranes were seen in with a flock of Canada Geese across from McNabbs Corn Field in Yellowpoint.  




The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.

Several large flocks of Brant Geese were heading up the Strait.  A Brandt’s Cormorant, several Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks and Surf Scoters were seen offshore.  One Marbled Murrelet, an Ancient Murrelet and a Common Murre were seen further offshore.  One Ring-billed Gull, two Black-bellied Plovers, four Killdeer, four Greater Yellowlegs, twenty Black Turnstones and three Black Oystercatchers were feeding alone the shore near the gravel bar. A Northern Shoveler was spotted feeding along French Creek.  Four California Quail were seen hiding in a bush just off the trail at French Creek.


  Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo.  


 Twenty-two birders, including visiting birders from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Washington State saw and heard the following forty-five species:

                                                  Canada Geese

                                                        Brant

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Greater Scaup

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye 

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Horned Grebe

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

Brandt’s Cormorant

Marbled Murrelet

Ancient Murrelet

Common Murre

Black-bellied Plover

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Black Turnstone

Black Oystercatcher

Belted Kingfisher

Ring-billed Gull

Mew Gull

California Gull

Thayer's Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Bald Eagle

California Quail

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

European Starling

Anna’s Hummingbird

Bewick’s Wren

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Varied Thrush

American Robin

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco



Ring-billed Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.



The Tuesday bird walk on February 21, 2017 will be going to Deep Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Deep Bay Marina parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.



The Sunday bird walk on February 26, 2017 will be going to Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at beach just past the church camp off Highway 19 and Arlington Road across from Arlington Pub at about 9:15 a.m.



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.com


Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Great Backyard Bird Count Feb17-20


The Great Backyard Bird Count
February 17-20th

to learn more go to http://gbbc.birdcount.org



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 14, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.

Several large flocks of Brant Geese were heading up the Strait.  A Brandt’s Cormorant, several Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks and Surf Scoters were seen offshore.  One Marbled Murrelet, an Ancient Murrelet and a Common Murre were seen further offshore.  One Ring-billed Gull, two Black-bellied Plovers, four Killdeer, four Greater Yellowlegs, twenty Black Turnstones and three Black Oystercatchers were feeding alone the shore near the gravel bar. A Northern Shoveler was spotted feeding along French Creek.  Four California Quail were seen hiding in a bush just off the trail at French Creek.
 
 





                                                         Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

 
 

 
Twenty-two birders, including visiting birders from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Washington State saw and heard the following forty-five species:

Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye 
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Belted Kingfisher
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
California Quail
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Ring-billed Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on February 21, 2017 will be going to Deep Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Deep Bay Marina parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
       thebackyard@shaw.ca