Monday, 6 June 2016

Nanaimo bird report, June 05, 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, June 05, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Morden Colliery Historic Park in south in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and hot but it was much cooler in the forest. We heard and then saw a Swainson's Thrush perched close to the trail giving us great views. We watched as three Red-breasted Sapsuckers went in and out of their nest hole in a snag near the bridge.  We spotted a total of five Barred Owls during the morning.  We were entertained for about thirty minutes as an adult Barred Owl with a snake in its talons flew over to two young fledglings and gave the snake to one of the youngsters. 
 
                              Swainson’s Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Sixteen birders including two visiting birders from St Albert saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Mallard
Spotted Sandpiper
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Barred Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Belted Kingfisher
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow 
                                    Barred Owl, Ralph Hocken Photo:

An Olive-sided Flycatcher was calling from the marsh above Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, May 30:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Shelly Road side. The morning was sunny and warm with a breeze off the Strait.  The forest brought us a bit of relief from the sun. Bewick’s Wrens were perched high up in trees singing and entertaining us throughout the morning. Yellow Warblers were singing near the trail for all of us to hear and see. A murder of Northwestern Crows was spotted chasing a Sharp-shinned Hawk overhead until the Hawk flew out of sight. There were two Willow Flycatchers singing near the trail.  One Northern Shoveler and a pair of Northern Pintail were swimming near the tide line. Two Belted Kingfishers flew noisily over head.
 
                                 Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty-nine species:
Canada Goose
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Common Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Oystercatcher
Belted Kingfisher
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Warbling Vireo
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Western Tanager
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 

Monday, May 30:
Western Tanager was seen at the Hazelwood Herb Farm in south Nanaimo. 

American Goldfinches, a Black-headed Grosbeak, a White-crowned Sparrow and a Eurasian Collared Dove were seen in a yard along Foxtail Avenue 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 June 07, 2016 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:10 a.m.
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The Sunday bird walk on June 12, 2016 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines along Normarel Road (off Superior Road and Highway 19) at about 9:15 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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