Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 23, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm. Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles and a Cooper’s Hawk flew high overhead.   We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Townsend’s  Warbler and a Wilson’s Warbler during the walk. A Warbling Vireo was feeding high up in the tall trees over the trail giving us great looks.   We heard and then saw a Great Horned Owl fly from its perch not far from the trail.  A Willow Flycatcher, hunting insects, flew from its perch over the marsh, giving us great views. We heard several Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Hammond’s Flycatchers on the walk through the forest. A Western Tanager flew in over the marsh and landed in a tall snag giving us excellent views. A Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Townsend’s  Warbler  were seen just above us at the end of the walk. 

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Seventeen birders including visiting birders from New Jersey-USA, Whitecourt and St. Albert saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Mallard
Surf Scoter
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
                                Townsend’s  Warbler                                
 Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 



                                                            Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on May 30, 2017 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lion’s Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m.or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parksville 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

 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Nanaimo bird report, May 21, 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, May 21, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm. We spotted a pair of Orange-crowned Warblers feeding high in the trees. A MacGillivray’s Warbler flew near the trail and then perched in a apple tree giving us great views. A pair of Western Tanagers flew in right above us and entertained us royally. Warbling Vireos and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were singing all morning.  A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen in a snag at the end of the walk, finishing off a good morning of birding.

MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Wood Duck
Mallard
                                                     Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Band-tailed Pigeon`
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Eurasian Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellow-throat
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch  

Saturday, May 20:

Caspian Terns, Vaux Swifts, Pacific Loons, Pigeon Guillemots and Bonaparte Gulls were seen off Tyee Spit in Campbell River.

Friday, May 19:  
A Western Kingbird was seen by the Arbutus Tree at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Thursday, May 18:
A Swainson’s Thrush was seen at the Cottonwood Golf Course in south Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 16:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with misty rain but finished off with sunny skies and calm winds.  We saw fourteen Whimbrel flying low over the shoreline before the walk at the Parksville Community Park. A Chipping Sparrow was singing from the top of a tall tree near the trail. We could hear a Black-headed Grosbeak singing in the distance and we tracked him until we found him down further along a trail.  A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted perched on a stump in the forest. After hearing Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing for most of the morning we watched as one was feeding not far from us. Band-tailed Pigeons, Turkey Vultures and two Bald Eagles flew high over head.

Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders, including visiting birders from Alberta and Australia saw and heard the following thirty species:
Whimbrel
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Rufous Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
                    Pacific Wren                     
                                                   American Robin
Black-headed Grosbeak
Swainson’s Thrush
Band-tailed Pigeon
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on May 23, 2017 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park (off Northwest Road and Stewart Road--follow the signs) at about 9:15 a.m.

The Sunday bird walk on May 28, 2017 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot near the lawn bowling green off Bowen Road about 9:15 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, 16 May 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with misty rain but finished off with sunny skies and calm winds.  We saw fourteen Whimbrel flying low over the shoreline before the walk at the Parksville Community Park. A Chipping Sparrow was singing from the top of a tall tree near the trail. We could hear a Black-headed Grosbeak singing in the distance and we tracked him until we found him down further along a trail.  A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted perched on a stump in the forest. After hearing Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing for most of the morning we watched as one was feeding not far from us. Band-tailed Pigeons, Turkey Vultures and two Bald Eagles flew high over head.
 
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Thirteen birders, including visiting birders from Alberta and Australia saw and heard the following thirty species:
Whimbrel
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Rufous Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Black-headed Grosbeak
Swainson’s Thrush
Band-tailed Pigeon
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on may 23, 2017 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park (off Northwest Road and Stewart Road--follow the signs) at about 9:15 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
 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Nanaimo bird report, May 14, 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, May 14, 2017, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with rain showers and a few periods of sunshine. We heard a Western Tanager at the start of the walk. Two Marbled Murrelets were seen just off shore.   A  Common Murre was seen resting on the rocks at the point. We had great views of four Killer Whales offshore heading up the Strait of Georgia. We watched a Pacific Wren gathering nesting materials and then heading into the nesting hole just off the trail.  An Orange-crowned Warbler was spotted feeding on a tree near the trail

Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Canada Geese
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Pacific loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Glaucous-wing Gull
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pacific Wren
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Western Tanager
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

There have been many reports of Black-headed Grosbeaks visiting backyard feeders on central Vancouver Island.

Friday, May 12:
Two Western Kingbirds were seen and photographed at Neck Point Park.

Thursday, May 11:

. A Western Tanager visited a Backyard along Louise Road in Ladysmith. 

Wednesday, May 10:

A Virgina Rail was seen in the Brookwood Marsh in Nanaimo

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 09:  

The Tuesday bird walk on May 09, 2017 went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A singing Warbling Vireo greeted us at the start of the walk. We heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing in the forest for most of the morning. A Pacific Loon was heading up the Strait of Georgia.  An adult Killdeer with a fledgling was spotted along the shore at low tide. We spotted a Wilson's Warbler feeding just off the trail.  A Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Turkey Vulture were circling high overhead.  We saw a pair of Yellow Warblers feeding in a short tree near the trail.  Barred Owls were seen perched in a tree at the end of the walk.

Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders including a visiting birder from Australia saw and heard the following fifty-nine species:
Canada Geese
 Mallard
 Surf Scoter
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
 Great Blue Heron
 Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Barred Owl
Killdeer
 Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Belted Kingfisher
 Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
California Quail
Rufous Hummingbird
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Hairy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
                                                     Brown Creeper
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
 Pacific Wren
                                                    American Robin,
Swainson’s Thrush
European Starling
Warbling Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Black-throated Grey Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Brown-headed Cowbird  
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
         Purple Finch              
                                                American Goldfinch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin


Killdeer: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Twenty Whimbrels were seen in Victoria over Hillside and Shelburne.

Two Whimbrels were seen at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo. 


The Tuesday bird walk on May 16, 2017 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Top Bridge Trail parking area along Industrial Way near Tuan Road in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. 

The Sunday bird walk on May 21, 2017 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00 a.m. or the end of Burma Road off Lost Lake Road at about 9:15 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, 9 May 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 09, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk on May 09, 2017 went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A singing Warbling Vireo greeted us at the start of the walk. We heard  Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing in the forest for most of the morning. A Pacific Loon was heading up the Strait of Georgia.  An adult Killdeer with a fledgling was spotted along the shore at low tide. We spotted a Wilson's Warbler feeding just off the trail.  A Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Turkey Vulture were circling high overhead.  We saw a pair of Yellow Warblers feeding in a short tree near the trail.  Barred Owls were seen perched in a tree at the end of the walk.
                       Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:                      

Fifteen birders including a visiting birder from Australia saw and heard the following fifty-nine species:
Canada Goose
 Mallard
 Surf Scoter
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
 Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
 Great Blue Heron
 Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Barred Owl
Killdeer
 Black Oystercatcher
 Mew Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Belted Kingfisher
 Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
California Quail
Rufous Hummingbird
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Hairy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Willow Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 Violet-green Swallow
 Barn Swallow
   Brown Creeper
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
 Pacific Wren
American Robin
 Swainson’s Thrush
European Starling
 Warbling Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Black-throated Grey Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Brown-headed Cowbird  
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
 Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
 
The Tuesday bird walk on May 16, 2017 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Top Bridge Trail parking area  along  Industrial Way near Tuan Road in Parksville 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