Wednesday, 19 September 2018

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT SEPTEMBER 19,2018


Nanaimo bird Report, Sept 19, 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.
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September 11:
Vaux Swifts were seen flying over central Nanaimo.

September 13:
Gray Jays were seen at the summit of Mount Benson as well as along the old logging road.

September 17:
Sandhill Cranes were seen flying over circling above the raptor center on Herd road in Duncan.

September 18:
A flock of 25 plus Sandhill Cranes were seen flying south over Beck lake in south Nanaimo.

September 18:
Orange-crowned Warbler seen foraging in a backyard on Honeysuckle terrace in central Nanaimo.



Sunday Bird Walk, September 16, 2018

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh. It was a cloudy cool day with a few like showers during the walk. Most of the usual birds were seen or heard on the walk with one exception, House Sparrow. None were seen or heard in their usual spots. We had good views of a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk from underneath and its rounded tail. Also saw about 100 Band-tailed Pigeons in the west marsh.



Cedar Waxwing: Photo by Steen Petersen

Five birders including a birder from the UK saw and heard twenty nine species:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
  Great Blue Heron
Merlin
Cooper’s Hawk
California Quail
Rock Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backyard Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

Last week we had reports of Turkey Vultures moving south and now this week it has been reports of Sandhill Cranes.

For the backyard feeder’s watch for the Dark-eyed Juncos to begin returning as they usually start appearing at the feeders around mid to end of September. Woodpeckers are busy at the suet with Pileated, Downy and Northern Flickers being steady visitors. Bushtits are the most fun as the flock make numerous visits during the day. Lastly watch for Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers amongst the shrubs in your backyard as the last make their way south.


 Sandhill Crane: Photo Ralph Hocken

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 18, 2018.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum Estuary in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was sunny, warm and calm.  A Western Grebe was seen from the Brant Viewing Station.  There were 15-20 Great Blue Heron spotted on the shoreline and in the estuary throughout the walk. Two Long-billed Dowitchers were feeding in the channel in the estuary.  A pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks were chasing a Northern Flicker.  


Long-tail Duck - Ralph Hocken photo

15 birders, including visitors from Courtenay and Edmonton saw and heard the following 44 species:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Long-tailed Duck
American Wigeon
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Pigeon Guillemont
Marbled Murrelet
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Oystercatcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
Iceland/Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Bewick’s Wren
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch


The Tuesday Bird Walk on September 25, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. (from Highway 19A turn onto Columbia Road and turn right at the tee intersection.  Go about one hundred feet along Admiral Tryon Blvd. to the parking lot on the left) at about 9:20 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on September 23, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park, Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot of Neck Point Park about 9:10 am.

Good birding, Colin

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &  NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669










Thursday, 13 September 2018

Vancouver Island Weekly Bird Report - September 12 2018

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report
September 12, 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.caPlease remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.
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Sunday Bird Walk, September 9, 2018

The Sunday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer road side. The morning was breezy with rain showers. Three hardy, or foolish, birders went out and saw 28 species. One of our highlights was watching an Anna’s Hummingbird put the run on a Cooper’s Hawk by the viewing platform. Also had some good views of American Pipits, about 20, flying around the edge of the mud flats.


Three birders saw and heard the following twenty eight species:
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Mallard
American Widgeon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
California Quail
Eurasian Collared Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
American Pipit
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee

Turkey Vultures are moving south and we have received reports from Black Creek to Chemainus. Watch for them as after September we won’t see them till next year.

We are hearing House Finches are busy at many backyard feeders right now and we are seeing flocks of Bushtits visiting the suet feeders.



Whimbrel: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Tuesday bird walk Parksville/Qualicum Beach
September 11, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and calm. At the start of the walk we were rewarded with a mix of over 60 Black Swift and Vaux’s Swift circling high above. Many of them were seen throughout the walk. There was also a Whimbrel on the mudflats. An American Pipit landed within 10 feet of us, giving great views. Several American Goldfinch were flying among the trees and a Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroat were also spotted.

9 birders saw and heard the following 49 species:
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great-blue Heron
Black Oystercatcher
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Whimbrel
Greater Yellowlegs
Killdeer
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bewick’s Wren
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch



The Sunday Bird Walk on September 16, 2018 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Buttertubs Drive at the marsh entrance.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on September 18, 2018 will be going to the Qualicum River Estuary 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 Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.


Good birding, Colin

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Vancouver Island Bird Report September 2 2018

With the weather forecast for the next couple of weeks we would like to remind everyone to keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates regarding the bird walks (e.g. possible cancellations due to extreme weather). Thank you for your understanding.

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo bird Report, September 2, 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 was seen and location of your sighting.
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The Sunday (September 2 2018) bird walk was cancelled due to the Labour Day long weekend.
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 4, 2018.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelley Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny, warm and calm. Several flocks of American Goldfinch were spotted in the trees, and several birders caught glimpses of a Western Tanager. A Lincoln Sparrow gave us a very quick view. There was also a Coopers Hawk spotted a few times flying over the meadow area. One Red Crossbill sat top a tree for some time, giving us great views. Four Black Oystercatchers were seen on the sandbar off the point.

Red Crossbill - Ralph Hocken Photo

13 birders saw and heard the following 40 species:
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Common Loon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Blue Heron
California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Oystercatcher
Western Sandpiper
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
California Qual
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Swainson’s Thrush
Western Tanager
Eurasian-collared Dove
European Starling
Red Crossbill
Anna’s Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Lincoln Sparrow
House Sparrow
Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

The Sunday Bird Walk on September 09, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:25 a.m.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on September 11, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 am.
Enjoy birding,
Rhonda Fleming
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Monday, 27 August 2018

Western Grebes

Hi birders,

Neil Robins and John Purves saw two Western Grebes on the Strait of Georgia off the Englishman River Estuary,  Plummer Road side at about 12 noon today, August 27.  and we saw one Marbled Murrelet off shore at French Creek. today

Good Birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Nanaimo bird report, August 26, 2018


Nanaimo bird Report, August 26, 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.

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                           Sunday Bird Walk, August 26, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. Two Belted Kingfishers were flying near shore at the start of the walk. Two Black Oystercatchers flew into the rocky outcrop just off shore.  Several flocks of Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorant were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Yellow Warbler and a Wilson’s Warbler just off the trail. Two Black-throated Gray Warblers and a Orange-crowned Warbler put on a very exciting show for us as they chased each other in low bushes next to the trail.

 
                                          Black-throated Gray Warbler : Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following twenty-five species:
Common Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
  Great Blue Heron
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow 
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
 Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Flycatcher—species unknown!
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Brown Creeper
  Bewick's Wren
Spotted Towhee
American Goldfinch
 Dark-eyed Junco
                                           Orange-crowned Warbler: 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! 

Please Note

The Sunday Bird Walk on September 02, 2018 is cancelled.

The Tuesday Bird Walk resumes on September 04, 2018 and will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 a.m., or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday Bird Walk on September 09, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about  9:25 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &  NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C. 
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669