Sunday, 2 July 2017



Please note

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 09/17 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road  off Lost Lake Road (At the entrance to Linley Valley) at about 9:20 A.M.


Sunday Bird Walk, June 25, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny but  there was a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.

A Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorants, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen on the Strait. Two Black Oystercatchers and a Harlequin Duck were along the shoreline. A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted high up in a conifer tree singing continually. We spotted a Warbling Vireo singing from a nest high in a Big Leaf Maple Tree.  We watched as he flew out and another Vireo immediately flew into the nest. We assumed that they were sitting on eggs.

Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty species:
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Harlequin Duck
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
 Orange-crowned Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
   Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
                                                American Goldfinch
House Finch 

Swanson's Thrush: Ralph Hocken photo: 

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 27:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and very warm, but cooler in the forest.  A Barred Owl was spotted deep in the forest after we heard many loud noisy birds likely mobbing him at the start of the walk. Several Warbling Vireos, a Common Yellowthroat, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, a MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler  and Swainson's Thrush’s made appearances during the morning.  A Spotted Sandpiper was spotted feeding along the edge of the river. We watched as two Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew into their nest hole in the bank of the river.  A  Black-headed Grosbeak was singing continually from the top of a very tall conifer tree.

Nine birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following thirty-three Species:
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Common Raven
Northwester Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Pacific Wren
  Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Black-throated Gray Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
  Common Yellowthroat
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
                                          Black-headed Grosbeak
European Starling 

Spotted Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5/17

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 09/17 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road  off Lost Lake Road (At the entrance to Linley Valley) at about 9:20 A.M.

Neil Robins
Good birding

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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