Sunday, 17 May 2015

Nanaimo bird report, May 17, 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 17, 2015:   
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. The highlights included seeing three Rhinoceros Auklets, a Common Murre and twelve Marbled Murrelets just off shore—all great sightings! Three Vaux’s Swift was fly catching high overhead. A Wilson’s Warbler was spotted low in the bushes next to the trail. A Merlin flew over head as we were doing the tally at the end of the walk.

Common Murre: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

Twelve birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Bald Eagle
 Merlin
 Canada Geese
   Pacific Loon
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Rhinoceros Auklet
  Belted Kingfisher
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
  Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Bewick’s Wren,
 Pacific Wren
 Brown Creeper
 Great Blue Heron
Vaux’s Swift
  Swainson’s Thrush
 American Robin
 European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
 Orange-crown Warbler
 Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Grey Warbler
Warbling Vireo
                                              Western tanager                                                                   
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  White-crowned Sparrow
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
  House Finch
  American Goldfinch

Saturday, May 16:
A Bullock’s Oriole was spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Bullock’s Oriole: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Tuesday, May 12:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy and cool but when the sun came out it was a warm spring day. We heard and then saw a Black-throated Warbler feeding high up in a big leaf maple tree. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Orange-crowned Warblers were singing for most of the morning and on occasion we did spot them feeding.  We saw a Hammond’s Flycatcher perched fairly low in a bush giving us great views. A Common Yellowthroat was perched on a fence just off the road. A very musical MacGillivray’s Warbler sang low in a bush close to the trail putting on a great show for us. A Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted singing high up in a conifer tree. Turkey Vultures, a Great Blue Heron, Vaux Swifts and Black Swifts flew high overhead. We spotted a Warbling Vireo singing and feeding in a low bush close to the trail at the end of the walk. 
 
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Grow
Common Raven
Great Blue Heron
California Quail
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Violet-green Swallow
Vaux Swift
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Swanson Thrush
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
  Turkey Vulture: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

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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 19, 2015 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  We meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or on the mountain side of Highway19a along Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach. at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on May 24, 2015 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:20 a.m.

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