Sunday, 3 May 2015

Nanaimo Bird report, May 03, 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.

*****************************************************************************

Sunday, May 03, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning was warm in the sunshine and much cooler in the forest. The highlights included a close look at a Cassin’s Vireo singing just off the trail. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher flew down and perched on a branch above us for a few minutes. We heard a Barred Owl calling, but we were not able to find the owl. We watched a Anna's Hummingbird fly catch twice during the morning a very neat sighting.

Anna’s Hummingbird: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twelve birders saw and heard the following twenty-five species:
Mallard
 Bald Eagle
 Barred Owl
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Brown Creeper
American Robin
 Varied Thrush
European Starling
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Spotted Towhee,
Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Chipping Sparrow  
 House Sparrow 

 Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

Friday, May 01:
 American Pipits were seen at the Englishman River in Parksville.  

A Wilson’s Snip was spotted at the Cottonwood Golf Course in south Nanaimo. 

Thursday, April 30:
Two Sooty Grouse were heard and seen along Westwood Ridge in Nanaimo.  

Wednesday, April 29:
One hundred and fifty Greater White-fronted Geese were seen flying over Departure Bay in Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, April 28:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out very windy with light rain showers and turned sunny making for a very pleasant morning of birding. We were greeted with the songs of Chipping Sparrow at the start of the walk and throughout the morning. Three Long-billed Dowitchers flew low over overhead giving us great views. We saw Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles fly overhead during the morning. Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers Black-throated Gray Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers and a Yellow Warbler sang and were seen during the walk. We heard a MacGillivray's Warbler sing near the ponds. Pacific-slope Flycatcher were often heard during the walk. Four American Goldfinch put on a great show singing and flying close overhead. 

                                              MacGillivray's Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Mallard
Common Merganser
Long-billed Dowitcher
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Eurasian-collared Dove
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch  

        Monday, April 20:
      A Sooty Grouse was heard trumpeting  by Westwood Ridge in Nanaimo. 
 
******************************************************************************

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

****************************************************************************

The Tuesday bird walk on May 05, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

*************************************************************************

The Sunday bird walk on Sunday, May 10 will be going to the Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park off Stewart Road(off Northwest Bay Road) in Nanoose Bay ( look for Moorecroft sign) at about 9:25 a.m.  

**********************************************************************************
British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

*******************************************************************************
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
*****************************************************************************
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

 

TO UN-SUBSCRIBE FROM THESE EMAILS, PLEASE REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL WITH “REMOVE”
IN THE SUBJECT LINE.  Thanks…

 

 

No comments: