Monday, 18 April 2016

Nanaimo bird report, April 17, 2016

 

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, April 17, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The warm morning was mostly sunny.  We heard and saw Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Black-throated Grey Warblers throughout the morning.  Near the end of the walk we heard two Hutton’s Vireos singing their awesome songs near the trail. 

                                                    Hutton’s Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Bufflehead
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Horned Grebe
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Hutton’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Pine Siskin 

Saturday, April 16:
Two Peregrine Falcons were seen in a backyard near Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, April 19:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with light rain and calm winds. We watched as a pair of Bushtits entered their moving nest and settled inside. A Cooper’s Hawks flew over head screaming and then disappeared. Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers were feeding high up in the big leaf maple trees throughout the morning.  We heard many Black-throated Gray Warblers singing during the bird walk.
 

                                      Black-throated Gray Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Nineteen birders including a visiting birder from Red Deer saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Anna's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Band-tailed Pigeon
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Red-wing Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
 
                                                  Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo.

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TOFINO SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL 

April 29 - May 1, 2016 

tofinoshorebirdfestival.com 

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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 April 19, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m.. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park, at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on April 24, 2016 will be going to the Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines along Normarel Drive. ( turn off highway 19 at Superior Road stay right and follow Vandenhoek Road to Normarel Drive, turn left go to hydro lines and park) at about 9:20 a.m.

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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
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.co

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