Sunday, 21 May 2017

Nanaimo bird report, May 21, 2017




“Nanaimo bird report”
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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

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