Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Common Nighthawks

Six Common Nighthawks were seen above Meridian Way in Parksville this evening...Neil Robins.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Nanaimo bird report, July 16, 2017


Nanaimo bird report”
Explore Nature ---Go Birding

To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail

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

Sunday Bird Walk, July 16, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm. Two Marsh Wrens were seen perched just off the trail. Purple Martins were singing and flying overhead. A flock of Bushtits landed in a tree next to the trail. A Northern Harrier flew overhead. We saw many Turkey Vultures flying overhead during the morning. We heard and then saw a Yellow Warbler just off the trail.

                                                            

Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Great blue Heron
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
European Starling
Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Red-wing Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak: Linda Stevens

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5/17
The Sunday Birdwalk on July 23, 2017 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00a.m. Or at the corner of  Plummer road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:25 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, 9 July 2017

Nanaimo bird report, July 09, 2017


Sunday Bird Walk, July 09, 2017:

The Sunday bird walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. We were entertained by a Swainson's Thrush singing all morning and we spotted one calling from a branch near the trail. An Osprey flew over head just above us.  We heard a Cassin’s Vireo singing it’s unique tune just off the trail.  We saw a family of three Western Tanagers in a tall tree.  Common Yellow-throats were singing and we had great views of one near the lake.

Osprey: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following twenty-five species:
Osprey
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Bewick’s Wren
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Common Yellow-throat
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch  
Pileated Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5/17

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 16/17 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at Bowen Road side of Buttertubs Marsh entrance at about 9:15 A.M.

Neil Robins
Good birding

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

Sunday, 2 July 2017



Please note

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 09/17 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road  off Lost Lake Road (At the entrance to Linley Valley) at about 9:20 A.M.


Sunday Bird Walk, June 25, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny but  there was a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.

A Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorants, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen on the Strait. Two Black Oystercatchers and a Harlequin Duck were along the shoreline. A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted high up in a conifer tree singing continually. We spotted a Warbling Vireo singing from a nest high in a Big Leaf Maple Tree.  We watched as he flew out and another Vireo immediately flew into the nest. We assumed that they were sitting on eggs.

Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty species:
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Harlequin Duck
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
 Orange-crowned Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
   Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
                                                American Goldfinch
House Finch 

Swanson's Thrush: Ralph Hocken photo: 

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 27:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and very warm, but cooler in the forest.  A Barred Owl was spotted deep in the forest after we heard many loud noisy birds likely mobbing him at the start of the walk. Several Warbling Vireos, a Common Yellowthroat, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, a MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler  and Swainson's Thrush’s made appearances during the morning.  A Spotted Sandpiper was spotted feeding along the edge of the river. We watched as two Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew into their nest hole in the bank of the river.  A  Black-headed Grosbeak was singing continually from the top of a very tall conifer tree.

Nine birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following thirty-three Species:
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Common Raven
Northwester Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Pacific Wren
  Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Black-throated Gray Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
  Common Yellowthroat
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
                                          Black-headed Grosbeak
European Starling 

Spotted Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5/17

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 09/17 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road  off Lost Lake Road (At the entrance to Linley Valley) at about 9:20 A.M.

Neil Robins
Good birding

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






Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 27, 2017


 Please note-- This is the final Tuesday bird walk of the season.

The Tuesday bird walks will resume on September 5, 2017. 


The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and very warm, but cooler in the forest.  A Barred Owl was spotted deep in the forest after we heard many loud noisy birds likely mobbing him at the start of the walk. Several Warbling Vireos, a Common Yellowthroat, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, a MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler  and Swainson's Thrush’s made appearances during the morning.  A Spotted Sandpiper was spotted feeding along the edge of the river. We watched as two Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew into their nest hole in the bank of the river.  A  Black-headed Grosbeak was singing continually from the top of a very tall conifer tree.

Nine birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following thirty-three Species:
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Common Raven
Northwester Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Pacific Wren
  Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Black-throated Gray Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
                                                            Common Yellowthroat
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Black-headed Grosbeak
European Starling 

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.com


Monday, 26 June 2017

We will be opened on Saturday--Canada Day--from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   We will be opened for our regular hours on Sunday and Monday.  Have a great weekend. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017




Sunday Bird Walk, June 25, 2017:

The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in Upper Lantzville. The morning was clear, the winds were calm and it was hot!  Mallards, Wood Ducks and a
Great Blue Heron were seen on the marsh. Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead. Warbling Vireos, a Hutton’s Vireo and Cassin’s Vireos were heard and seen just off the trail.  We had great views of several Willow Flycatchers perched and singing along the marsh. We heard and then saw a Western Tanager at the top of a conifer tree.

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Mallard
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Band-tailed Pigeon
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Western Tanager
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammonds Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
                                                American Goldfinch
Purple Finch

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 20, 2017
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly  sunny with calm winds.  Canada Geese,four White-wing Scoters, a Common Loon and four Killdeer were seen at the Brant viewing platform.  An American Dipper was seen on the river searching and finding food.  We saw an adult Red-breasted Sapsucker and a fledgling Red-breasted Sapsucker on a tree just off the trail. Several Black Swifts, a Vaux’s Swift and many Violet-green Swallows flew overhead during the morning.  Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Willow Flycatchers and Warbling Vireos were heard during the walk.  A family of Western Tanagers were spotted flying just off the trail.  A Common Yellowthroat, a Wilson's Warbler and a Yellow Warbler feeding near the trail. Two Red-tailed Hawks were flying high overhead at the end of the walk.

Twenty birders including visiting birders from Australia, California, Manitoba, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
White-wing Scoter
Common Loon
Killdeer
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Dipper
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Rufous Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch 
Red-Tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on June 27,2017 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on the forest side of highway 19a on Kinkade Road at about 9:20 a.m. 
This will be the last Tuesday Birdwalk until September 5, 2017.  Join us for the Sunday Bird walks in Nanaimo for the summer.

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 02/17 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road 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

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 20, 2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly  sunny with calm winds.  Canada Geese,

four White-wing Scoters, a Common Loon and four Killdeer were seen at the Brant viewing platform.  An American Dipper was seen on the river searching and finding food.  We saw an adult Red-breasted Sapsucker and a fledgling Red-breasted Sapsucker on a tree just off the trail. Several Black Swifts, a Vaux’s Swift and many Violet-green Swallows flew overhead during the morning.  Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Willow Flycatchers and Warbling Vireos were heard during the walk.  A family of Western Tanagers were spotted flying just off the trail.  A Common Yellowthroat, a Wilson's Warbler and a Yellow Warbler feeding near the trail. Two Red-tailed Hawks were flying high overhead at the end of the walk.

Twenty birders including visiting birders from Australia, California, Manitoba, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
White-wing Scoter
Common Loon
Killdeer
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Dipper
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Rufous Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch 

The Tuesday bird walk on June 27,2017 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on the forest side of highway 19a on Kinkade Road 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
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com