Sunday, 7 May 2017

Nanaimo bird report, May 07, 2017


“Nanaimo bird report”
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Sunday Bird Walk, May 06, 2017, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. The morning was sunny with calm winds. Two Hutton’s Vireos were seen just off the road at the start of the walk. Three Western Tanagers were seen during the morning. Their were two Cooper’s Hawks flying high overhead.  We saw a Orange-crowned Warbler singing on a small tree about four feet off the trail.  The warbler entertained us royally as it climbed up the tree. Hammonds Flycatchers, a Willow Flycatcher and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were heard and seen during the walk  And to complete a great morning of birding, we spotted a first of the season

MacGillivray’s Warbler just off the trail.

Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Nineteen birders including a visiting birder from Australia saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Geese
 Mallard
Wood Duck
 Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
Red-tail Hawk
Cooper ’s Hawk
Eurasian Starling
Band-tailed Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Downy Woodpecker
 Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
                                                     House Wren
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
 Marsh Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Barn Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Hammonds Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
Cooper’s Hawk
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
MacGillivray’s Warbler
 Black-throated Grey Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
Western Tanager
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
 Pine Siskin 
MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Saturday, May 06:
A Sooty Grouse was seen on the Westwood Ridges above Westwood Lake in Nanaimo.

A Gray Jay was seen up on Little Mountain in Parksville.

Friday, May 05: 
A Spotted Sandpiper, Blue-winged Teal and green-wing teal were seen on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen at the Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo.

A Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted at a backyard feeder along Meridian Way in Parksville.

A Whimbrel was seen this afternoon at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 02:

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. We heard a  Hammond's Flycatcher singing and were finally able to see him as he moved in just above us near the trail. A Warbling Vireo and a Wilson's Warbler in a short bush gave us great views. We spotted a female Hairy Woodpecker feeding along a tree trunk next to the trail. A little further on the trail we saw a male Downy Woodpecker also feeding on a tall tree. We heard American Robins mobbing a bird and then spotted a Barred Owl in plain view, ignoring the mobbing robins. Three small shrew were seen along the trail. 


Hairy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo: 


Seventeen birders including visiting birders from the United Kingdom and Ontario saw and hear the following thirty-five species.

Canada Geese,
 Brant,
 Mallard,
 Green-wing Teal,
 Gadwall,
 American Wigeon,
 Northern Pintail,
 Surf Scoter,
 White-winged Scoter,
Harlequin Duck,
Common Merganser,
 Red-breasted Merganser,
 Common Loon,
 Great Blue Heron,
 Turkey Vulture,
 Bald Eagle,
                                                  Cooper’s Hawk,
 Dunlin,
 Killdeer,
 Black Oystercatcher,
 Bonaparte's Gull,
 California Gull,
 Thayer’s Gull,
 Glaucous-winged Gull,
 Belted Kingfisher,
 Eurasian-collared Dove,
California Quail,
 Ring-necked Pheasant,
Rufous Hummingbird,
 Anna’s Hummingbird,
 Downy Woodpecker,
 Hairy Woodpecker,
 Northern Flicker,
 Pileated Woodpecker,
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher,
 Northwestern Crow,
Common Raven,
 Violet-green Swallow,
 Brown Creeper,
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee,
 Red-breasted Nuthatch,
 Bushtit,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
 Golden-crowned Kinglet,
Bewick’s Wren,
 Pacific Wren,
American Robin,
 European Starling,
 Yellow-rumped Warbler,
 Black-throated Grey Warbler,
Townsend’s Warbler,
Wilson's Warbler,
 Orange-crowned Warbler,
 Red-winged Blackbird,
Spotted Towhee,
Savannah Sparrow,
 Song Sparrow,
 White-crowned Sparrow,
 Brown-headed Cowbird,
Dark-eyed Junco,
House Finch,
 Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

Wilson’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on May 09, 2017 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or on ocean side of Shelly Road off highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday bird walk on May 14, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00 a.m. or the Neck Point Park parking lot off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins  

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