Monday, 4 July 2016

Nanaimo bird report, July 03, 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, July 03, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Hemer Park in Cedar. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  We heard and then spotted a    Willow Flycatcher at the start of the walk. We spotted a Western Tanager next to the trail and then saw a total of six Western Tanagers during the morning. A Red-tailed Hawk was seen high up in the clouds over head   Pacific-slope Flycatchers serenaded us throughout the morning and we had the good fortune to see two of them down low and close to the trail.  An Osprey was observed as he perched in a tall conifer over us and then flew away. A Merlin was seen alongside Hemer Road as we left the parking lot, singing as he perched high in a conifer.  

                              Osprey: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species: 
Mallard
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
  Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  Willow Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian-collared Dove
Black-headed Grosbeak
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
  American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Wilson’s Warbler
  Common Yellowthroat
  Western Tanager
Brown-headed Cowbird
  Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
  Red-winged Blackbird
Red Crossbill 

Tuesday, June 28:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten, along the little Qualicum River, in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and hot but much cooler in the forest.  We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler at the start of the walk, perched high up in a very tall tree.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker flew into a tree next to the trail and began tapping sap holes in the tree. The Sapsucker was soon joined by a young fledgling Sapsucker who started feeding in the sap holes.  We watched the pair with fascination for several minutes--a great sight to see.  A Wilson’s Warbler was singing near the trail and the made an appearance in a short bush giving us great views. We spotted a Western Tanager feeding high in a cedar tree. The Tanager worked his way down the tree playing hide and seek with us and entertaining us for about twenty minutes. 

We ended the Tuesday Bird Walks for the season with a delicious BBQ.  Thanks Callie, Carol, David and Linda. 

 
                         Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eighteen birders including visiting birders from Malawi and St Albert saw and heard the following twenty-seven species:
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hammonds Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
European Starling

 
 

 
Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  The Tuesday bird walk has ended for the summer. They will resume on September 06, 2016.
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The Sunday bird walk on July 10, 2016 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Jingle Pot Road in Nanaimo at about 9:20 a.m. (The Bowen Road entrance is closed due to construction)

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Purple Martin Open House  Sat., July 16th   2 – 4 pm 
            at Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina 

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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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