Sunday, 4 June 2017

Nanaimo bird report, June 04, 2017


Sunday Bird Walk, June 04, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Morden Colliery Park in south Nanaimo.

The morning was mostly sunny and the winds were calm. We watched in fascination as a pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers came and went into a nest hole in a snag not far from the trail.  Swainson’s Thrush and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were heard singing all morning.  A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted on a perch on a branch just above the trail.  We heard a Warbling Vireo singing near the river and we finally saw him feeding in a tall tree right above us.  Two Cedar Waxwings flew in and looked us over not five feet above us.

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
European Starling
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Belted Kingfisher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Swainson’s Thrush
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Northern Rough-wing Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Brown Creeper
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Rufous Hummingbird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken Photo;
Saturday, June 03, 2017:
A Bullock’s Oriole was seen in a backyard near Ermineskin Avenue and Despard Avenue in Parksville.

Friday, June 02, 2017
A House Wren was seen near Extension Ridge in Chase River.

Thursday, June 01, 2017:
A Bullock’s Oriole was seen in a backyard in the 2700 block of Horth Road in Nanaimo.



Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 30, 2017:
The Tuesday Birdwalk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with a light rain shower.  Highlights included the sighting of a McGillivray's Warbler, a Yellow Warbler, a Black-Throated Warbler and a colourful Western Tanager.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
California Quail
European Starling
Band-Tail Pigeon
Eurasian-Collared Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Violet-Green Swallow
Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Red-Breasted Nuthatches
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
Swainson's Thrush
Pileated Woodpecker
American Robin
Orange-Crowned Warbler
McGillivray's Warbler
Townsend Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Black-Throated Gray Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Song Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Dark-Eyed Junco
Black-Headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Birdwalk on June 6/17 will be going to The Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road Side.  Meet at The Parksville Community Park at the parking lot in front of the Lion's Playground at 9 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday Birdwalk on June 11/17 will be going to Hemer Provincial Park in Cedar.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Hemer Park at about 9:25 a.m. (Hemer Provincial Park is located on Holden Lake. Take the Cedar Road turnoff from Hwy 1 and follow directional signs to the park, which is situated on Hemer Road)

Good birding

Neil Robins



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 Nanaimo B.C.
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Phone: 250-390-3669

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