Sunday, 8 June 2014

Nanaimo bird report, June 08, 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.
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Sunday, June 08, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm and a little cool in the forest. Several Red-breasted Nuthatch’s were at the start of the walk feeding on the suet. We had great views of a MacGillivray’s Warbler singing on a snag near the trail. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher flew in and perched near the beaver pond. A Townsend’s Warbler flew in and sang near the trail giving us awesome close up views.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following thirty-three species:
Canada Geese, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pelagic Cormorant, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher,  Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Brown Creeper, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch. 

Tuesday, June 03:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm making for a good morning of birding along the Strait of Georgia and in the cooler forest trails. Fourteen seals were guarding the entrance to the bay. Two Warbling Vireos were spotted high up in a tall conifer feeding along the branches giving us great views. We saw Brown Creepers feeding their young just off the trail. We watched as a pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees took food to their fledglings in a nest hole in a tall snag. A MacGillivray’s Warbler was seen perched in a conifer singing continually near the beaver ponds, just off the trail, giving us awesome views. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher flew into the same area again giving us great views.                     
Twenty-six birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Pacific Loon, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Copper’s Hawk, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Brown Creeper, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. 

Monday, June 02:
Twenty-two Caspian Terns were seen at the mouth of the Englishman River in Parksville. 

Sunday, June 01:
 A Bullock’s Oriole was spotted visiting a backyard feeder along Rutherford Ridge in Nanaimo.

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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 June 10, 2014 will be going to the Top bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park in Parksville at the parking lot near the Lions Club playground at 9:00 am. or at the parking lot off Enterprise Way near Tuan Road in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. 

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The Sunday bird walk on June 15, 2014 will be going to Beck Creek in south Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area in front of the Living Forest Campground on Maki Road off highway one at about 9:30 a.m.

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

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WildResearch link---

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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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