Monday, 30 May 2016

Nanaimo bird report, May 29, 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 29, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy and soon turned sunny with windy periods.   We heard and saw Black-headed Grosbeaks singing all morning. We saw a Pileated Woodpecker feeding three young chicks in a tall snag near the parking area, great sighting.  Violet-green Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were hawking insects low over the lake giving us great views. We saw male and female Western Tanagers in a tall tree next to the trail.

 
                                           Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty birders including visiting birders from San Diego and Courtney saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
  Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
  Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
  Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
   Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush
  American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
  Orange-crowned Warbler
  Black-throated Gray Warbler
  Common Yellow-throat
Yellow Warbler
  Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
  Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
  Song Sparrow
  Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
  American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin  

Monday, May 25:
A Western Tanager was visiting a backyard along Douglas Road in Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, May 24:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with some sun and the winds were calm. We spotted a Peregrine Falcon perched high up in a snag. The falcon was watching us for a good 20 minutes giving us time to have a really good look at him.  The highlight of the morning for sure!  A Wilson’s Warbler sat singing close to the trail and giving us great views. Two Marbled Murrelets, two Rhinoceros Auklets and a Common Murre were seen swimming not far from shore. Several Warbling Vireo’s were singing and gave us some quick glances as they moved in the forest. A Western Tanager was perched high atop a tree near the marsh.
Eighteen birders saw and hear the following forty-two species:
Canada Geese
Pacific Loon
Osprey
Marbled Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Common Murre
Black Oystercatcher
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Peregrine Falcon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch 

 
                                Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo

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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 31, 2016 will be going to the Englishman River, Shelly Road side in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park, at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on June 05, 2016 will be going to Morden Colliery Historic Park in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Morden Road on the ocean side of highway one ( follow signs) in south Nanaimo 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.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

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