Sunday, 28 May 2017

Nanaimo bird report, May 28, 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 28, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning sunny and the winds were calm.
A Bald Eagle, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Cooper’s Hawk and several Turkey Vultures were seen soaring high overhead.  Common Yellowthroats were heard singing through the morning.  We had great views of a Yellow Warbler as it entered it’s nest  just off the trail.  We watched as a Bushtit flew out of it’s nest and perched on a limb to watch us. Many Purple Martins were resting on the Osprey nest in the middle of the marsh.


 Purple Martin: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Great blue Heron
Virginia Rail
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
European Starling
Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Red-wing Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow

A Western Kingbird and a Caspian Tern were seen from the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

A family of four Great Horned owls was seen at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.

 Saturday May 27:  
A Yellow-headed Blackbird was seen flying at the Rutherford down towards the Marsh.

 A yellow-rumped Warbler was seen visiting suet feeders along Honey Suckle Terrace near the Hospital in Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 23:
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:
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.

The Sunday Birdwalk on June 04, 2017 will be going to the Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00a.m. or at Morden Colliery Park at about 9:25 a.m. (take Highway One south to Morden Road turn left and follow the park signs to Morden Colliery.)

Good birding
Neil Robins

314 Metral Drive
 Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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