Sunday, 14 June 2015

Nanaimo bird report, June, 14, 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 14, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was sunny and warm—in the forest was cooler.  The highlights included hearing a Red-eyed Vireo singing and then spotted him high up in a tall tree--a great sighting!   A Swainson's Thrush perched on a snag near the trail. Black-throated Gray Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow Warblers,
 McGillivray's Warblers and Wilson's Warblers were heard and then seen throughout the morning. Two California Quail were on the middle of train tracks. Northwestern Crow was mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk high overhead.

 

Red-eyed Vireo: John Purves Photo. 

Thirty-three birders including a visiting birder from Seattle and twelve visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following forty-three species:

Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Cooper’s Hawk
  Band-tailed Pigeon
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
 Willow Flycatcher
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
California Quail
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Brown Creeper
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Bushtits
 Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow Warbler
 McGillivray's Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Wilson's Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
 Western Tanager
 Spotted Towhee
 Brown-headed Cowbird
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Black-headed Grosbeak
 Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Finch
 Pine Siskin
 Red Crossbill  

Tuesday, June 09:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds at Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm but cool in the forest. We heard and then saw a Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding high up in the tall trees. A Cassin’s Vireo swooped down giving great views. Warbling Vireos, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Western Tanagers were singing throughout the morning.  A female Western Tanager landed in a short bush near us. We spotted a Northern Shrike high up in a tree--a very unusual sighting for this time of the year.  A female Hooded Merganser with four little chicks was swimming and diving on the Beaver Pond—an awesome sighting!  A Wilson’s Warbler was heard high up in the conifer trees. We had close views of a Western Wood-Pewee perched on a snag over the trail.  A Hammond’s Flycatcher flew into the same location giving us more close looks.  Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures circled high over head for a good part of the morning. Three Turkey Vultures came into our view as they dropped down from the sky just above us.

Female Hooded Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Hooded Merganser
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Northern Shrike
 Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
 California Quail
 Band-tailed Pigeon
 Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Willow Flycatcher
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Black Swift
 Violet-green Swallow
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
European Starling
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo 
 Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
 Chipping Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
 Black-headed Grosbeak
 Purple Finch
 House Finch
  American Goldfinch  

Sunday, June 07:

 An Osprey was seen flying overhead from a deck along Camrest Drive in Nanaimo.

 
                                          Western  Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Monday, June 22:

 Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at Knox United Church in Parksville at 7 pm.  Tim Goater from VIU Biology Department will speak on Amphibians at 7.30.  More infomation at 752-7588.

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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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 Tuesday bird walk on June 16, 2015 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. We meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or the parking area on Industrial Way off Highway 19a across from Resort drive at Tuan Road in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on June 21, 2015 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Road 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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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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