Monday, 13 June 2016

Nanaimo bird report, June 12, 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 12, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. A House Wren greeted us with his song from the top of a very tall conifer tree at the start of the walk. Two Willow Flycatchers was seen near the marsh. Tree Swallows, Violet-green Swallows, Barn Swallows, Purple Martins, Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures were flying overhead throughout the morning.  We head a Cassin’s Vireo singing.  A young Western Tanager was perched on a short bush close to the trail giving us time to study her.
Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Seattle, Kingston and Ladysmith saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Wood Duck
Mallard
Hooded Merganser
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Swanson’s Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
House Finch  

Tuesday, June 07:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and very warm, but cooler in the forest. A pair of colorful Western Tanagers was spotted playing in the tall trees just above the trail. We watched a Hairy Woodpecker feeding in the tall snags. Three Willow Flycatchers were singing near the road as we walked by. We had great views of a MacGillivray’s Warbler feeding on the short bushes along the road. The best sighting of the morning was a young fledgling Common Yellowthroat feeding not far from the road.


                             Common  throat: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty birders, including three visiting birders from Tuscany, Italy and one from Kingston, Ontario saw and hear the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Eurasian-collared Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
McGillivray's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Finch

 

                              McGillivray's Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

A Common Nighthawk was spotted flying over Departure Bay 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 14, 2016 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Fairwinds Drive (follow Power Point Road off Northwest Bay Road to the four way stop and go about 100 yards to the parking area on the left) in Nanoose Bay at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on June 17, 2016 will be going to Beck Creek in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at parking area at the entrance to Living Forest R.V. Campground on Maki Road on the ocean side of highway one 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.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

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