Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nanaimo bird report, April 26, 2015


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, April 26, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to West Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.. The morning was cloudy with a breeze. The highlights included seeing many flocks of Northern Rough-wing Swallows, Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows flying low over the meadows, giving us close views. We heard Yellow Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing during the morning. 
 

Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese,
 Mallard
   Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
Red-tail Hawk
Virginia Rail
California Quail
Eurasian-collared Dove
 Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
Northern Rough-wing Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Black-throated Grey Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
European Starling
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin 

Thursday, April 23.

An American Avocet was seen on the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

American Avocet: John Purves Photo. 

Tuesday, April 21:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy and cool with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.  A Red-throated Loon flew up the strait—a very unusual sighting for this area. Two Marbled Murrelet were seen just offshore giving us great looks.  A very fast Parasitic Jaeger flew up the Strait just above the water.  A Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were spotted further offshore. We heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing during the walk. We saw and heard many Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers and  Black-throated Grey Warblers throughout the morning.

 

                                                                                        
                                    Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
 Mallard
Bufflehead
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
Red-throated Loon
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Parasitic Jaeger
Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Mew Gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tail Pigeon
 Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
 Black-throated Grey Warbler
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
 Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
                                                                  
                                            Parasitic Jaeger: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 28, 2015 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.

 

 

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Monday, April 27:

Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at Knox United Church in Parksville. 

Doors open at 7 pm.  Presentation on Ecological Reserves by Erica McClaren from BC Parks at 7.30.

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Tofino-Shorebird –Festival
18th Annual May 1-3, 2015
For  information please contact---- 
http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival

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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 28, 2015 will be going to The top Bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the parking alone Indrustrial Way in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on Sunday, May 03 will be going to the Bowen park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot near the Bowing Green at Bowen Park 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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A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.

THE SEA AMONG US
THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
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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
Email:  thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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