Sunday, 8 May 2016

Nanaimo bird report, May 08, 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 08, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was mostly sunny with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  A Wilson’s Warbler entertained us with his song for the longest time near the parking lot and he did appear in the open for us to have a short glimpse.  A MacGillivray’s Warbler and a Warbling Vireo were seen in the same area.  Two Savannah Sparrows were feeding along the shoreline.  A Red-necked Grebe was spotted just off shore.  Two Black Oystercatchers flew along the shoreline, singing all the way. 

                                                   Red-necked Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
       Brant Geese     
Canada Geese
Harlequin Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Glaucous-wing Gull
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Purple Finch  

Thursday, May 05:
A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen along Morrell Circle in Nanaimo.  

Seven Evening Grosbeaks were seen at the backyard feeders along Meridian Way in Parksville. 

Tuesday, May 03:
The Tuesday bird walk met at the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and went on to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was cloudy with light rain showers but calm winds. One Bonaparte's Gull, seven Pacific Loons and one Common Loon were in their very colorful breeding plumage not far from shore at the viewing platform.  An American Dipper was gathering nesting material and going under the bridge at the Hatchery. We had great views of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher perched  and singing at the top of a tall conifer tree. We heard and then saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker close to the trail.  We first heard a Warbling Vireo singing and after much searching we spotted the Vireo close to the trail.  A Western Tanager, a Hammond’s Flycatcher, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat as well as several  Black-throated Gray Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers were heard during the morning. There were a large number of Chipping Sparrows seen throughout the morning. 

                                                                                 
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Len Bettam Photo. 

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Mallard
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Black Oystercatcher
American Dipper
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
European Starling
Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch  

                                                                  
Bonaparte's Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Monday, May 02:
A Western Wood-pewee was spotted in the trees atop Colbourne Drive in the Brook Wood area of Nanaimo. 

Saturday, May 01:
 A Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen along Morrell Circle in Nanaimo.
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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 10, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

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The Sunday bird walk on May 15, 2016 will be going to the Beaver  Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or follow Highway 19 to Northwest Bay Road.  Take Northwest Bay  Road to Power Point Road and turn right onto Power Point Road.  Go to the four-way stop and proceed about one hundred meters past it to the parking area on the left hand side, at about 9:30 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

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