Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Parksville/Quualicum Beach tuesday bird walk, June 17, 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
June 19, 2018:
The Tuesday bird walk went the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds.   We heard and then saw a Willow Flycatcher perched at the top a tall bush.   Bright yellow American Goldfinch dotted the bushes beside the river.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles were seen high over head during the walk.  We spotted a Spotted Sandpiper perched on a rock near the river.  A very large flock of Canada Geese were resting along the shore of the river.  A Common Loon, a Marbled Murrelet and two Pigeon Guillemots were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Swainson's Thrush, a Hammond’s Flycatcher and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher were heard singing on the walk.  A flock of Band-tailed Pigeons, several Eurasian-collared Doves and a flock of Rock Pigeons  flew over. A Mink entertained us as it ran along the shore line and swam just off shore, giving us great views! 

Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders, saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Goose
Mallard
                                                                  Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Common Loon: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on June 24, 2018 will be going Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Neck Point Parking lot off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 26 , 2018 will be going to the Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am., or on the forest side of Highway 19a on Kinkade Road at about 9:20 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








Sunday, 17 June 2018

Nanaimo bird report, June 17, 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,June 17, 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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Sunday Bird Walk, June 17 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. The morning was sunny and hot.  We heard and saw many Willow Flycatchers during the morning walk.  We spotted a Barred Owl being mobbed by American Robins deep in the forest.   Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, Purple Martins, Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows were seen high overhead. We had great views of a singing Warbling Vireo at the top of a tall tree near the trail.  A MacGillivray’s Warbler was heard singing along the trail.  We had great views of a family of Yellow Warblers just above the trail.
Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Nine birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Swanson’s Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, June 12, 2018:

The Tuesday bird walk went the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. The walk was 3.1 kilometers long and took two hour and twenty-three minutes.  A juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak flew just above us followed by a male Black-headed Grosbeak.  We discovered a family of Chestnut-backed Chickadees on the ground under some bushes in the first little meadow.  A Barred Owl was spotted perched on a snag.   A Mallard Duck with two chicks and a Wood Duck with three chicks greeted us on the Beaver Ponds.   A Willow Flycatcher was seen a the top of a snag next to the trail.  A Purple Finch was spotted at the very top of a very tall tree.                                                                                  


                                  Chestnut-backed Chickadee: Peter Coxon Photo:

Thirteen birders, including two visiting birders from Vancouver saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Mallard
Wood Duck
Turkey Vulture
Barred Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
Bewick’s Wren
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
                                              American Goldfinch 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Wood Duck: Peter Coxon  Photo:


A Pacific-slope Flycatcher was seen resting on a light fixture along Departure Bay Road in the Rock City Road area of Nanaimo.

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on June19, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am. or at the Corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive, along the Englishman River at about 9:10 a.m.

The Sunday Bird Walk on June 24, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at Neck Point parking lot off Hammond Bay Road at 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

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 12, 2018

                       Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
June 12, 2018:
The Tuesday bird walk went the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. The walk was 3.1 kilometers long and took two hour and twenty-three minutes.  A juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak flew just above us followed by a male Black-headed Grosbeak.  We discovered a family of Chestnut-backed Chickadees on the ground under some bushes in the first little meadow.  A Barred Owl was spotted perched on a snag.   A Mallard Duck with two chicks and a Wood Duck with three chicks greeted us on the Beaver Ponds.   A Willow Flycatcher was seen a the top of a snag next to the trail.  A Purple Finch was spotted at the very top of a very tall tree.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee: Peter Coxon Photo:

Thirteen birders, including two visiting birders from Vancouver saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Mallard
Wood Duck
 Turkey Vulture
Barred Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
  Northern Flicker
  Common Raven
 Northwestern Crow
 Tree Swallow
 Violet-green Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
  American Robin
 Swainson’s Thrush
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Cassin’s Vireo
 Warbling Vireo
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
 Townsend’s Warbler
 Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
 Western Tanager
 Red-winged Blackbird
Bewick’s Wren
Black-headed Grosbeak
 Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
 Dark-eyed Junco 
Wood Duck: Peter Coxon  Photo:

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

The Sunday Bird Walk on June 17, 2018 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines on Normarel Drive at about 9:15 a.m.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June19, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am.  Or at the Corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive, along the Englishman River at about 9:10 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

Sunday, 10 June 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,June 10, 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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Sunday Bird Walk, June 10 2018
The Sunday bird walk went Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy and cool. We spotted a flock of high flying Black Swifts from the parking lot.  We heard and then spotted a Western Tanager close to the trail.   A Hairy Woodpecker flew into a tall tree near the trail. We heard Pacific Wrens, Willow Flycatchers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Hammond’s Flycatchers during the walk. A Wilson’s Warbler was seen just off the trail.

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Chilliwack and Ohio saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Common Goldeneye
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Common Raven
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Re-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Western Tanager
Swainson’s Thrush
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch  

Wednesday, June 06:
A Whimbrel and a Long-billed Curlew were seen at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.

A Western Bluebird was seen along Western Acres Road in Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, 

June 05, 2018:

  The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with winds off the Strait of Georgia. Ten Great Blue Herons were seen just off shore.  During the walk four  Pigeon Guillemots and six White-winged Scoters were seen further off shore.  A Western Wood- Pewee was seen at the edge of the forest.  A lone Caspian Tern was spotted heading up the Strait giving us great views.  We watched a Brown Creeper with a Dragonfly in its bill go into a nest hole on a tree next to the trail.         
                                                              
                                                           Brown Creeper: Ralph Hocken Photo:


Twenty-two birders, including two visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
White-winged Scoter
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Glaucous-Winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Great Blue Heron
European Starling
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker 
Pileated Woodpecker
Western Wood-Pewee
Hammonds Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-Green Swallow
Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swanson’s Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Orange-Crowned Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Brown Creeper
Chipping  Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
                                                                   American Goldfinch                                                                                 
                                                 White-winged Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks continue to visit backyard feeders at the end of Douglas Avenue in Nanaimo.
Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Tuesday Bird Walk on June12, 2018 will be going the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am.  Turn from Northwest Bay Road onto Power-Point Road.  Follow Powder Point Road to the four way stop where it becomes Fairwinds Drive.  Go about one hundred yards past the four way stop to a parking area on the left hand side of the road.  We will meet you there at about 9:25 a.m.
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 17, 2018 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines on Normarel Drive at 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