Tuesday, 19 September 2017



The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds. We saw flocks of Canada Geese, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, several Common Loons, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes from the Brant viewing platform. A Parasitic Jaeger was spotted heading up the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Oystercatchers and several Black Turnstones were seen feeding along the shore line. Two Yellow-rumped Warblers, entertained us along the walk to the river. We spotted a Merlin perched in a tall snag near the trail. We saw twenty Great Blue Herons along the tideline during the morning. A Ring-billed Gull, several Mew Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen along the gravel bars.
Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Six birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Parasitic Jaeger
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Pipit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Brewer’s Blackbird
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
                                 Black Turnstone: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 26, 2017, will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Bld. (Turn off highway 19a on at Columbia Drive, turn right onto Admiral Tryon Bld. go about 100 yards to the parking area)  meet at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding 
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633








Sunday, 17 September 2017

Nanaimo bird report, September 17, 2017


"Nanaimo bird report”

Explore Nature ---Go Birding
To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail
thebirdstore@shaw.ca

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

                  Sunday Bird Walk, September 17, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. Turkey Vultures flew over head heading south all morning.  A Merlin was spotted perched high at the top of tree.  A flock of Surf Scoters, a flock of White-wing Scoters and a flock of American Widgeon were seen heading down the Strait of Georgia. Twenty Black Turnstones were seen on the point giving us great views. A Black Oystercatcher was spotted on a rocky island just off shore. Many  Bonaparte Gulls were seen flying down the strait.

White-winged Scoters: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:
American Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Double-crested Cormorant
  Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Mew Gull
Bonaparte Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Brown Creeper
  Berwick’s Wren
  Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Merlin: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 12, 2017 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. We heard and then saw a Cassin’s Vireo.  Chestnut-backed Chickadees flew in the bushes just off the trail.  Several Cedar Waxwings flew in and landed in the tall trees near the trail.  A large flock of Canada Geese, several Northern Pintails, Mallards, Green-winged Teal and an American Wigeon were resting along the mudflats.  Large numbers of Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer were feeding along the mudflats.  White-winged Scoters, a Double-crested Cormorant, a Pelagic Cormorant and three Common Loons were seen on the Strait.                                                 
Semipalmated Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Ontario, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck 
                                                 Northern Pintail
  Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great-blue Heron
Heermann’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Loon
Western Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper
Killdeer
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Eurasian-collared Dove
Cassin’s Vireo
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Brewer’s Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
                                                               Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch 

Saturday, September 16:
Two Baird Sandpipers were spotted at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.

 A Townsend’s Solitaire, a Sooty Grouse and a Northern Pygmy Owl were seen on Little Mountain near Parksville.

Northern Pygmy Owl: John Morrison Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 19, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

The Sunday Bird walk on September 24, 2017 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:30 a.m.

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
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot




Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 12,2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. We heard and then saw a Cassin’s Vireo.  Chestnut-backed Chickadees flew in the bushes just off the trail.  Several Cedar Waxwings flew in and landed in the tall trees near the trail.  A large flock of Canada Geese, several Northern Pintails, Mallards, Green-winged Teal and an American Wigeon were resting along the mudflats.  Large numbers of Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer were feeding along the mudflats.  White-winged Scoters, a Double-crested Cormorant, a Pelagic Cormorant and three Common Loons were seen on the Strait.

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Ontario, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck 
 Northern Pintail
  Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great-blue Heron
Heermann’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Loon
Western Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper
Killdeer
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Eurasian-collared Dove
Cassin’s Vireo
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Brewer’s Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 19, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Nanaimo bird report, September 10, 2017


"Nanaimo bird report”

Explore Nature ---Go Birding
To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail
thebirdstore@shaw.ca

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

                  Sunday Bird Walk, September 10, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. Turkey Vultures flew over head all morning.  A Great Blue Heron, a Glaucous-winged Gull and a Pelagic Cormorant were perched on a island just off shore.  We spotted a young Red-breasted Sapsucker tapping on a tree near the trail.  A pair of Hairy Woodpecker put on a great show for us while they were feeding on a tall tree along the trail.  A family of Brown Creepers were feeding on a tree next to the trail.  A Fox Sparrow and a Song Sparrow played hide and seek with us for a long time.
Hairy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Ten birders saw and heard the following twenty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Double-crested Cormorant
  Pelagic Cormorant
  California Quail
Downy Woodpecker
  Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
                                                        Red-breasted Sapsucker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  Brown Creeper
  Berwick’s Wren
American Robin
  Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 05, 2017
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and smoky with a light breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Barred Owl as it moved along the forest.   It stopped to look us over, giving us great views. We watched as Cedar Waxwings, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Cassin’s Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher came and went as they fed on a berry tree just off the trail.  We saw a Merlin perched on a big snag near the strait.  One Pigeon Guillemot and two Marbled Murrelets were seen near the shore heading down the Strait of Georgia.  Three River Otters were seen walking along a gravel bar.  We spotted Two Pacific White- sided Dolphins swimming just off shore going down the Strait. We watched in fascination as five Killer Whales headed up the Strait, diving and surfacing above the water.   Much to our enjoyment they turned around and headed down the Strait, doubling our pleasure. We were entertained for about forty-five minutes. 

It was a Whale of a Bird Walk this morning

Barred Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species: 
Canada Geese
Mallard
                                                                  Northern Pintail
Gadwall
Harlequin Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Barred Owl
Great Blue Heron
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
 California Quail
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Berwick’s Wren
  American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
 Willow Flycatcher
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 House Finch
 Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch

Five Killer Whales
Two Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Three River Otters

Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on Sunday & Tuesday. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo.  We leave from the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings go to a different location in the Oceanside area.

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 12, 2017, will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the Lions Club Playground parking lot) at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday Bird walk on September 17, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Parking lot of Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

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
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot






Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 05, 2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and smokie with a light breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Barred Owl as it moved along the forest.   It stopped to look us over, giving us great views. We watched as Cedar Waxwings, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Cassin’s Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher came and went as they fed on a berry tree just off the trail.  We saw a Merlin perched on a big snag near the strait.  One Pigeon Guillemot and two Marbled Murrelets were seen near the shore heading down the Strait of Georgia.  Three River Otters were seen walking along a gravel bar.  We spotted Two Pacific White- sided Dolphins swimming just off shore going down the Strait.

We watched in fascination as five Killer Whales headed up the Strait, diving and surfacing above the water.   Much to our enjoyment they turned around and headed down the Strait, doubling our pleasure. We were entertained for about forty-five minutes.  It was a Whale of a Bird Walk this morning!

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Gadwall
Harlequin Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Barred Owl
Great Blue Heron
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
 California Quail
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Berwick’s Wren
  American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
 Willow Flycatcher
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 House Finch
 Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch

Five Killer Whales
Two Pacific White-sided Dolphins
Three River Otters

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 12, 2017, will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the Lions Club Playground parking lot) at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
                                                        Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com