Sunday, 10 May 2015

Nanaimo bird report, May 10, 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, May 10, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm. The highlights included a close look at a singing Wilson’s Warbler just off the trail. A Black-throated Grey Warbler gave us great views through the scopes as it perched and sang high up in a tall tree. We spotted a Western Tanager and a Hammond’s Flycatcher near the beaver dam—more great sightings!

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Eight birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
Pacific Loon
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
  Pine Siskin  

 Saturday, May 09:
A Western Tanager, a Bullock’s Oriole and a Black-headed Grosbeak were seen at Buttertubs Marsh West in Nanaimo.  

A Cassin’s Vireo and a Warbling Vireo were spotted at the old MacGreavor Marsh in Nanaimo.  

Friday, May 08:
Black-headed Grosbeaks were seen at Morrell Circle in Nanaimo and at Ladysmith.

Tuesday, May 05::
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was partly cloudy with a stiff breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Hammond's Flycatcher and a Yellow Warbler flycatching at the start of the walk. A Wilson’s Warbler was seen feeding near the scotch broom across the river giving us great views through our binoculars and spotting scopes.  A pair of Cooper’s Hawks flew over head heading towards the forest. We heard a Warbling Vireo singing and then saw him on a bush near the trail. A flock of Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers flew in and circled the mud flats and then left the area. Several Canada Geese with goslings and a Cackling Goose were seen walking along the mud flats during the morning.


                                                                            
                                                      Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese 
  Cackling Geese
  American Wigeon
Harlequin
 Mallard
Surf Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
 Common Merganser
 

Hooded Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Pigeon Guillemot
                                                   Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
                                                      Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
 Killdeer
 Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Vaux Swift
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Common Raven
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  American Robin
 European Starling
 Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Savannah’s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Purple Finch
 American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

This is our bird photographer Ralph Hocken

 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

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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 May 12, 2015 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on May 17, 2015 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond bay Road 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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