Sunday, 7 June 2015

Nanaimo bird report, June 07, 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, June 07, 2015:

The Sunday bird walk went to Morden Colliery Provincial Park south of Nanaimo.  The morning was sunny and warm—we got a reprieve in the forest where it was cooler.  The highlights included seeing a family of Pileated Woodpeckers.  Just off the bridge in a tall snag, the heads of two fledglings were poking out of a nesting cavity waiting to be fed.  We spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker also feeding fledglings in the same snag.  We compared how each species was being fed—the Pileated fledglings were  poking their heads out of the nest cavity to be fed and the Sapsuckers were staying down in the cavity waiting to be fed.  We heard and saw a Common Yellowthroat singing on a short bush below the bridge. Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hammond’s Flycatchers and Warbling Vireos were singing through the morning.

Red-breasted Sapsucker:: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Sixteen birders including birders from Calgary and the United Kingdom saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
   Red-breasted Sapsucker
  Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
   Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
  Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
 Violet-green Swallow
 Black Swift
Bushtit
   Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Brown Creeper
  Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
    European Starling
 Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
 Orange-crowned Warbler
  Black-throated Gray Warbler
  Wilson's Warbler
  Yellow Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Western Tanager
 Black-headed Grosbeak
  Spotted Towhee
  Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Purple Finch 

Tuesday, June 02:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was overcast and the winds were calm. A flock of singing Red Crossbills flew into the top of a tall conifer tree at the parking area on Parksville Beach just before the start of the walk. We saw and heard a large number of Yellow Warblers singing from their perches in a tree just off the trail. The Willow Flycatchers have arrived on their migration--we saw ten of them singing from the top of short bushes along the trail.  A Savannah Sparrow was singing from his perch on the meadow. We spotted a male Ring-necked Pheasant flapping his wings and calling near the fence at the park boundary.  A Pacific-slope Flycatcher caught our eye as it sang from his perch along the trail. 

Ring-neck Pheasant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Nine birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
Mallard 
Common Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

 

Monday, June 01:

Two olive-sided Flycatchers, Townsend’s Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were seen and heard on Little Mountain near 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 June 09, 2015 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  We meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or the parking area past the four way stop sign along Powerpoint Road in Nanoose Bay at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on June 14, 2015 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue off highway 4a in Parksville at about 9:25 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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