Monday, 20 June 2011

Nanaimo bird report, June 19, 2011
























Wilson's Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT

“GO BIRDING--EXPLORE NATURE”

Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca

Sunday June 19: 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. It was cloudy but the rain held off until the end of the walk. The morning air was again filled with the songs of birds. The highlights included seeing a Black-throated Gray Warbler perched and singing at the top of a tall Cedar tree. The rich robin-like song of a Black-headed Grosbeak resonated through the woods. We heard and saw a Western Tanager high up in a conifer tree. A flock of American Robins was spotted mobbing a Barred Owl near the ground in the forest. There was an Olive-sided Flycatcher and a Cassin's Vireo singing in the distance. A flock of Black Swifts flew high overhead.
Thirteen birders, including visitors from Seattle and Great Britian saw and heard the following forty species of birds: Mallard, Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, Eurasian Collared Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Cassin's Vireo, California Quail, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Black Swift, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Common Yellow-throat, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, Red Crossbills and American Goldfinch.

Wednesday, June 15:
Purple Martins were seen flying over the Environmental Sciences Building at the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.
A Red-eyed Vireo was seen along the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.

Tuesday, June 14:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds at Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with a cool wind.
We spotted Black Swifts flying high overhead. There were several male Rufous Hummingbirds doing their courting dives throughout the morning. A Willow Flycatcher was perched near the Beaver Ponds giving us great views. We heard Swainson's Thrush singing throughout the morning. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and a Cassin's Vireo were singing close by. We saw and heard the Black-headed Grosbeak high up in the top of a conifer tree.
Eight birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species of birds:
Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Black Swift, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo,
Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin,Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

Seventeen Caspian Terns and nine Spotted Sandpipers were seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Monday June 13:
A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted on an ornamental cherry tree in the Divers Lake area of Nanaimo.

Two Caspian Terns were seen at the San Pariel side of Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

A Bullock’s Oriole was seen in a backyard in the 5200 block of Toms Turnabout in Nanaimo..

Sunday, June 12:
A Common Nighthawk was seen over Morrell Circle in Nanaimo.

A Western Kingbird was seen and photographed at Jordan River on the west side of Vancouver Island.

Saturday, June 11:
Evening Grosbeaks are visiting a backyard in the 2700 block of Neyland Road in Nanaimo.

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks is visiting feeders daily at the end of Douglas Road in Nanaimo.

Arrowsmith Naturalists Meeting,
Monday June 27, Springwood School, Parksville.
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Everyone is invited to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 21, 2011 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at the Parksville Beach, Community Park at the parking area in front of the Lions Playground at 9 A.M. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 A.M.
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The Sunday Bird Walk on June 26 will be going to Neck Point in Parksville. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 A.M.
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Good birding
Neil Robins


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250-390-3669
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