Thursday, 19 October 2017

Emailed Bird Reports

At the store we have been busy trying to get our emails back up and running to be able to send out our weekly bird reports. It looks as though we may have fixed the problem we were having, and we have been slowly sending out the Nanaimo Bird Report for October 15 through our thebackyard@shaw.ca email.

If you previously received our emails but have not had a Nanaimo Bird Report for October 15 email in your inbox by Sunday October 22, please email us at the store and let us know. If you would like to start receiving our emails, please email us and we will add you to our email list.

We are hoping that by the end of October we will have everything working for our emails so we can keep everyone informed about our seed sales and all the wonderful weekly bird reports.

If you have any questions, please email the store (thebackyard@shaw.ca) or call us (2503903669).

Thank you,
Nicole.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

PALM WARBLER & RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD

PALM WARBLER was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary on Oct 16/2017. It was seen in the hedge along the field near the tall posts with the nesting boxes.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was reported visiting a backyard hummingbird feeder Oct 16 along Homestead way in Ladysmith BC.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, October 17, 2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk but it turned clear and sunny later on---making for a pleasant bird walk.  We spotted an American Kestrel high up in a tall conifer tree.  A Brandt’s Cormorant and a Long-tailed Duck was seen just off shore heading up the Strait of Georgia. Twenty-five Bald Eagles were seen during the walk, many right along the shore line.  A Ring-billed Gull, two Herring Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were seen during the morning.  A large flock of Red-breasted Mergansers  flew low over the water heading down the Strait. 



Bald Eagle: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Goose
 American Wigeon
 Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
  Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
American Kestrel
Merlin
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
 Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
 Eurasian-collared Dove
European Starling
Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco 
 House Sparrow

Glaucous Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 24, 2017, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions 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.

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










Monday, 16 October 2017

Nanaimo Bird Report October 15 2017

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, October 15, 2017: 
This Sunday’s Bird Walk went to the Plummer Rd. side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The weather was sunny and calm, making for a good day of birding.  The highlight of the day was getting some great views of a Peregrine Falcon in adult plumage that chose to sit on a snag in the middle of the estuary for over an hour.


Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallard
American Widgeon
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
California Gull
Killdeer
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Bonaparte Gull
Harrier Hawk
Pigeon Guillemot
Surf Scoter
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Horned Grebe
Redneck Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Harlequin Duck
Steller’s Jay
Dunlin
House Finch
White Crowned Sparrow
Green-winged Teal
Pine Siskin
Varied Thrush
California Quail
Peregrine Falcon
Western Meadowlark
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple finch


 Varied Thrush: John Morrison Photo.

October 8, 2017
A Varied Thrush was spotted near Nathan Rd. Nanaimo. A Wilson’s Snipe was reported in Brookwood Marsh.

October 11, 2017
A Wilson’s Snipe was seen near Fitzwilliam St. Nanaimo.

October 12, 2017
A Mourning Dove was sited off Yon Place in Nanaimo.

October 13, 2017
A Sandhill Crane was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary.

October 14, 2017
A flock of Chipping Sparrows and a Snow Bunting were spotted at Piper’s Lagoon. A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen near Weeks Crescent in Nanaimo.
October 15, 2017
The Snow Bunting was reported to still be at Piper’s Lagoon.

October 14, 2017
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk
October 10, 2017:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk and then turned clear and sunny, making for a pleasant bird walk. Hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and singing Black Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia.  We spotted the first of the season Long-tailed Ducks just offshore.  Three Pigeon Guillimots, seven Ancient Murrelets and four Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait during the walk.  We watched a Merlin chasing a flock of crows high above a conifer tree near the trail.  Two Black Turnstones and seven Black Oystercatchers were seen on the gravel bar near the shore.

Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillimot
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
                                                               Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
White-crowned Sparrow
Anne’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch


Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 17, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum . Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  We leave from the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and go to a different location in the Oceanside area.
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The Sunday bird walk on October 22, 2017 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end or Raines Road at about 9:30a.m.
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     Good birding
       Nicole Renaud

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: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

SNOW BUNTING / CHIPPING SPARROWS

We have just received a report of a possible Snow Bunting seen at Piper's Lagoon. There was a flock of Chipping Sparrows seen approximately 100 yards from the parking lot, in the grass beside the lagoon. The Snow Bunting was seen near this spot in the grass.