Monday, 20 June 2016

Nanaimo bird report, June 19, 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 19, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Beck Creek in south Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. Three Lesser Yellowlegs and a Spotted Sandpiper were seen near the river. Several Great Blue Herons were seen flying, in the ponds and atop a tree during the morning. A Pied-billed Grebe with chicks and a Wood Duck with chicks were seen swimming on the pond. Tree Swallows, Violet-green Swallows, Barn Swallows and Northern Rough-winged Swallows were hawking insects over head all morning.
 
                               Lesser Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twelve birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Turkey Vulture
  Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Band-tailed Pigeon
  Belted Kingfisher
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Common Yellowthroat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
    Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
  Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
European Starling
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Western Tanager
Cedar Waxwing
Black Headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Thursday, June 16:
Twenty American White Pelicans were seen flying over the Ladysmith Harbour and then flying off to the southeast. 

Over thirty Vaux swifts were seen flying over Somenos Marsh in Duncan. 

Tuesday, June 14:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Most of the morning was filled with rain showers where the birds were scarce, but we did see and hear them between the showers. A Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding in a Arbutus Tree near the trail, caught our attention at the start of the walk.  We were entertained as we watched a Swainson's Thrush flew from branch to branch on a tree right in front of us.  Orange-crowned Warblers, a Warbling Vireo, a Cassin’s Vireo and a Hutton’s Vireo were singing nearby.  Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures flew high overhead.  We saw Black Swifts flying high over the beaver ponds and Violet-green Swallows flying low over the ponds. Red-winged Blackbirds serenaded us nearby.
Nineteen dedicated birders, including visiting birders from Florida and Washington, saw and heard the following thirty species:
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Common Raven
Black Swift
Violet-green Swallow
Brown Creeper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch 
 

Monday, June 13:
A Coopers Hawk was seen at Rutherford Park 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 21, 2016 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the Top Bridge Trail parking lot along Industrial Way off highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m. 

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The Sunday bird walk on June 26, 2016 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road in 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
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

 

 

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