Monday, 23 May 2016

Nanaimo bird report, May 22, 2016

                                                  Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken photo.


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 15, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds--a pleasant morning for birding. The highlight birds of the walk, the Yellow Warblers were singing and hawking insects all morning. We spotted a flock of Black Swifts swooping high above us catching insects. Black-headed Grosbeaks were singing their melodious song as we searched the bushy green trees for them.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Wood Duck
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Coopers Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Black Swift
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Western Tanager
Orange-crown Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
House Sparrow

Tuesday, May 17:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing from a perch high atop a snag. We watched several Red-breasted Sapsuckers fly in and make their way up the trunks of trees several times during the morning. We watched as two Western Tanagers built a nest high up in a tree near the trail. Wilson's Warblers were singing throughout the morning. One flew in close to us, giving us great views of his black cap and bright yellow body. We saw as two Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew over the river hawking insects and returned to the bank to rest. Black-headed Grosbeaks entertained us with their melodious songs for most of the morning.
Twenty-two birders including a visiting birder from Whitecourt saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Bald Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Band-tailed Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
 

                                                 Northern Rough-winged Swallow: Len Bettam Photo.


Saturday, May 21: Friday, May 20:
A lone Snow Goose was spotted flying over the Campbell River Estuary.

Friday, May 20:
A flock of seven White-faced Ibis flew South west over Lohbrunner Road and Lochside Trail in Blenkinsop Valley in Victoria.

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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 24, 2016 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park off Stewart Road ( follow the signs) from Northwest Bay Road, in Nanoose Bay.
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The Sunday bird walk on May 29, 2016 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road off Lost Lake Road in north Nanaimo 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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