Saturday, 19 April 2014

Nanaimo bird report, April 19, 2014

NANAIMO 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.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014:
THERE WILL BE NO BIRDWALK ON APRIL 20, 2014
The Sunday bird walk on April 27 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. 

Friday, April 18:
Seventeen Sandhill Cranes were singing and catching a thermal above the Harwood area of Nanaimo. After several minutes they had gained enough altitude and headed north. 

Thursday, April 17:
A Chipping Sparrow was seen near the Morningstar Ponds in French Creek. 

Tuesday, April 15:

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny with cloudy periods and calm winds.
We spotted a Townsend's Warbler feeding high up in a Big Leaf Maple tree.  We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout the morning.  Four Common Yellowthroats kept us entertained singing and moving through the scotch broom next to the road.  A Red-tailed Hawk was being mobbed by a Common Raven high up in the sky.  A Great Horned Owl flew in and perched on a tree giving us great views.  A second Great Horned Owl was being mobbed by a flock of American Robins nearby giving us more great views of the owls.  We saw a Barred Owl near the end of the walk.  The owl was perched on a limb out in the open which made for more great views and a great finish to our walk.

 
                                            Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo.                   

 Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.
 
                                                  Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo.

  Monday, April 14:
A raft of thousands of Surf Scoters along with White-winged Scoters, Brant, Greater Scaup and Red-necked Grebes were seen just off shore at Parksville Bay stretching to French Creek. 

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Everyone is welcome 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. on 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 April 22, 2014 will be going to Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club playground at 9:00 am or at the parking area along Enterprise Way at about 9:10 am.
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There is no Sunday bird walk on April 20, 2014 

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The Sunday bird walk on April 27 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or under the Hydro lines along  Normarel Drive at about 9:15 a.m. 

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British Columbia rare bird alert link---
 http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/  

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WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/
Spring Pelagic Seabird Trip Announced – May 11, 2014
WildResearch is pleased to announce that WildResearch's 2014 Spring Pelagic Seabird Trip will run on Sunday May 11, 2014! Proceeds generated from the pelagic trip fundraiser will go towards running WildResearch’s research programs.

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West coast environment link--
http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
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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
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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