Monday, 2 May 2016

Nanaimo bird report, May 01, 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, May 01, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and a Hammond’s Flycatcher were heard and seen during the walk. We spotted a Hairy Woodpecker feeding near the ground and we watched as he flew up into the tall trees.  A California Quail was perched on a log near the trail.  Cassin’s and Hutton’s Vireos entertained us throughout the morning.  Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rump Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers and a Wilson’s Warbler were heard and seen on the walk all morning.

 

                          Orange-crownedWarbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Hairy Woodpecker
California Quail
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Common Raven
European Starling
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Cassin’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch 

Tuesday, April 26:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Chipping Sparrow greeted us at the parking lot and was seen throughout the morning. We heard and then saw five Red Crossbills high up in a tree.   A young Trumpeter Swan flew over heading down island. We watched as a Brewer’s Blackbird chased a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  We heard and then caught a quick glimpse of a Wilson’s Warbler.  Black-throated Gray Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were singing for most of the morning.  An American Dipper was preening itself on a log near the Bridge. 

                                  Sharp-shinned Hawk. Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen Birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
American Dipper
Band-tailed Pigeon
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin   


                                         Trumpeter Swan: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Purple Martins were spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
 

Monday, April 25:
A Whimbrel was seen at the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer Road side in Parksville.  

A Solitary Sandpiper was seen at the drainage ponds along Kay Road, behind the weight scales at 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 03, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform (along highway 19a near the Strait of Georgia) in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on May 08, 2016 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay at Neck Point parking lot 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
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

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