Sunday, 12 August 2018

Heermann's Gull

A Heermann's Gull was seen at French Creek today, August 12, 2018

Nanaimo bird Report, August 12, 2018.


Nanaimo bird Report, August 12, 2018.
BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:


To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species and location of your sighting.
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The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.  The morning was cloudy and quite warm.
We spotted a Peregrine Falcon perched high up in a very tall conifer tree at the start of the walk. Two Greater Yellowlegs were seen along the shore of the river and two more were seen feeding on the estuary not far from the trail. A pair of Western Sandpipers landed in a pond very close to us. A Red-tailed Hawk was seen in a tall tree next to the Estuary. A very large flock of Barn Swallows flew overhead hawking insects for most of the morning.  Many Common Ravens and Northwestern Crows entertained us all morning.

Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders including a visiting birder from Toronto and two visitors from California saw and heard the following twenty-five species: 
Canada Geese
Mallard
Green-wing Teal
Great Blue Heron
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Greater Yellowlegs
Western Sandpiper
Killdeer
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Barn Swallow
European Starling
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Willow Flycatcher
Common Yellowthroat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Western Sandpipers: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday bird walks will resume in the fall.

The Sunday bird walk on August 19, 2018
will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 am or at the Burma Road entrance to Linley Valley at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Sunday, 5 August 2018


Nanaimo bird Report, August 05, 2018.

BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species and location of your sighting.
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The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo.  The morning was sunny and very hot but much cooler in the forest!

A MacGillivray’s Warbler was seen high up in a tall tree near the trail at the start of the walk. We watched a Downy Woodpecker feeding on the trunks of a tree close by, giving us great views. We saw several Brown Creepers climbing up the trunks of trees throughout the morning. We heard Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker and a Red-breasted Sapsucker during the walk..
                                                  Brown Creeper: Ralph Hocken Photo:



Twenty-three birders saw and heard the following eighteen species:
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Dark-eyed Junco
American Robin 
 Spotted Towhee 
                                               MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Friday, August 03:
An Evening Grosbeak was seen on a Garry Oak in Nanoose Bay.

Monday, July 30:  
A Great Horned Owl was seen at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Seven Spotted Sandpipers were seen along Sunset Beach at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday bird walks will resume in the fall.

The Sunday bird walk on August 12, 2018
will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 am or at the end of Raines Road  ( follow Cedar Road off Highway One to the Nanaimo River Bridge and turn left onto Raines Road) at about 9:25 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633






Tuesday, 31 July 2018

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Sunday, 29 July 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,July 29, 2018.
BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species and location of your sighting.
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The Sunday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  The morning was sunny and very hot!

Two Pileated Woodpeckers were seen feeding on the trunk of a big tree next to the trail.  Several Killdeer, a Least Sandpiper, a Western Sandpiper and two Semipalmated Plovers were seen on the mudflats.   A large number of Canada Geese, two Surf Scoters, two Pigeon Guillemots and a Marbled Murrelett were seen on the Strait of Georgia..
                                             Least Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo:



Nine birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
Common Merganser
Surf Scoter
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelett
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Bushtit
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Western Tanager
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
                                                 Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Saturday, July 28:
A Great Horned Owl was seen visiting a backyard in the 700 block of Victoria Road in south Nanaimo.

Monday, July 23:
A Pacific Slope Flycatcher, a Willow flycatcher, a Coopers Hawk, a Belted Kingfisher a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Cassin’s Vireo, a Warbling Vireo A Greater Yellowlegs, a Turkey Vulture and a Bald Eagle were seen at Rivers Edge Park in Parksville:

A White Raven was spotted between the east and west sides of Morningstar Creek along highway 19 in Parksville.

Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday bird walks will resume in the fall.

The Sunday bird walk on August 05, 2018
will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 am or at the main parking lot near the lawn bowling green at Bowen Park off Bowen Road at about 9:15 am.

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

Sunday, 22 July 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,July 22, 2018.

BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species and location of your sighting.
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The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.


The morning was sunny and very hot!



Two Warbling Vireos were spotted low in the bushes next to the trail, giving us great views. Several California Gulls, Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia during the walk. A Black-throated Gray Warbler was feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird in a tree next to the trail. Three Chestnut-backed Chickadees and a Brown Creeper were seen feeding in a bush near the trail.

Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders including two visiting birders from California saw and heard the following twenty-eight species:

Canada Geese

White-winged Scoters
Double-crested Cormorant
  Pelagic Cormorant
  Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
 Turkey Vulture
                                                    California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Warbling Vireo
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
  Anna’s Hummingbird
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
 European Starling
  Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
  Song Sparrow 
Black-throated Gray Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:


Tuesday, July 17:
A Pacific-slope Flycatcher is nesting with young chicks in the 1800 block of Ballenas Road in Nanoose Bay.

Sunday, July 15:
A Leucistic Great Blue Heron was seen at the Newcastle Marina in Nanaimo.

Saturday, July 07:
 A pair of Lewis Woodpeckers was seen in a backyard along Boy’s Road in Duncan.

Please Note
Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!.


The Tuesday bird walks will resume in the fall.

The Sunday bird walk on July 29, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo, at 9:00 am or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at 9:25 am.


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

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Nanaimo bird Report,July 15, 2018.

Nanaimo bird Report,July 15, 2018.
BIRD REPORT
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species and location of your sighting.
***********************************************************

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
The morning was sunny and very hot!

 We saw several Pied-billed Grebes with one sitting on a nest. We watched a female Wood Duck swimming on the marsh with three small chicks not far from us. We heard Common Yellowthroats singing throughout the morning.  Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures flew high over head. Two Orange-crowned Warblers entertained us just off the trail.  A Bewick’s Wren was spotted on a snag next to the trail.

Seventeen birders including visiting birders from California and Utah saw and heard the following twenty-nine species:

Canada Geese

Mallard

 Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Great blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Red-wing Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
House Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Please Note

Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!.


The Tuesday bird walks will resume in the fall.

The Sunday bird walk on July 22,2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

314 Metral Drive at 9:00 am or at the Parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 am.

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