Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 16, 208


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 15, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds from the Georgia Strait. Two Northern Flickers were seen high up in a tall tree off the trail. An Orange-crowned Warbler was feeding high up in a tree near the trail. We heard and then saw a Fox Sparrow singing in a bush along the trail. Two Cooper’s Hawks flew overhead giving us great views. We saw a Barred Owl perched on a tree not far from us. The owl spent a long time looking down on us.  A Western Meadowlark was seen on the meadows.  Many flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls were flying in single file, just above the water heading up the Strait.

Barred Owl:



Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:

Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Northern Shoveler
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Barred Owl

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Herring Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared- Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Orange-crowned Warbler

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit

American Robin
European Starling
Western Meadowlark
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer's Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow
 
Bonaparte's Gulls: 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 October 21, 2018 will be going to Nanoose Bay on the beach near the church camp. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at beach near the church camp off Highway 19 and Arlington Road at about 9:20 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on October 23, 2018 will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area along Tryon Bld. (Turn onto Columbia Drive on oceanside of Highway19a.  Go to the tee intersection on Columbia Drive and turn right onto Admiral Tryon Bld. Go about one hundred yards to the parking area on the ocean) 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
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca


Sunday, 14 October 2018

                                                                               
Nanaimo bird Report, October 14, 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, October 14, 2018

The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  We saw and heard many American Robins during the walk. A Common Murre, a Pigeon Guillemot and three Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait of Georgia. A flock of twenty-four Pacific Loons were seen on the Strait. Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were spotted feeding high up in a conifer tree near the trail. An Orange-crowned Warbler was feeding in a tall tree next to the trail.


Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Photo by Ralph Hocken



Sixteen birders including a visiting birder from Canmore saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Orange-crowned Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Brown Creeper
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Thursday, October 11:

A White-throated Sparrow was visiting a feeder along Drew Road in French Creek.



A Bohemian Waxwing was spotted at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.


Tuesday bird walk, October 09, 2018 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny with strong winds on the Strait of Georgia. We heard and saw a huge amount of American Robins, during the morning. Four Red Crossbills were seen perched high at the top of a tall Conifer Tree and a flock were seen flying over the tall trees. Two Sharp-shinned Hawks, a Cooper’s Hawk and a Merlin flew over head. Two Northern Shovelers were spotted just off the mud flats. A Clark’s Grebe was spotted off shore and three Western Grebes were seen a little further off shore. A Band-tailed Pigeon being chased by a Cooper’s Hawk was spotted. Pacific Loons and Common Loons were heading up the Strait. A Lincoln’s Sparrow was preening itself just off the trail.

                                                 Red Crossbill: Photo by Ralph Hocken:


Twenty-one birders including three visiting birders from Victoria and two visitors from Ships Point saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Northern Shoveler
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Clark’s Grebe
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pacific Loon
                                                                    Common Loon
Common Murre
                                                                           Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Iceland(Thayer’s) Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbirds
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch

                                        Downy Woodpecker: 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 Tuesday Bird Walk on October 16, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 am.


The Sunday Bird Walk on October 21, 2018 will be going to Nanoose Bay on the beach near the church camp. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at beach near the church camp off Highway 19 and Arlington Road 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
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

WEEKLY BIRD REPORT October 10, 2018

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo bird Report, October 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 was seen and location of your sighting.
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October 3, 2018
3 Greater White-fronted Geese were seen in the center field of the Vancouver Island University track. 
Oct 8, 2018
A Barred Owl was seen and heard in the hospital area near Forest  drive and Honeysuckle terrace.
On the waterfront there have been regular reports of Pacific Loons along with the Common Loons and also a report of Red-throated Loon off of Pipers lagoon.

Sunday Bird Walk, October 07, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. It rained all morning but, for the positive, the winds were calm. A very large flock of Canada Geese were resting on the Marsh all morning. Many Wood Ducks, several American Coots, two Greater Scaup and six Pied-billed Grebes were just off shore. A Merlin was perched on the top of a very tall tree near the trail. An Anna’s Hummingbird was spotted resting close to the trail.
Merlin: Photo by Ralph Hocken 
Two rather wet birders saw and heard the following eighteen species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Wood Duck
American Coot
Greater Scaup
Pied-billed Grebe
Merlin
Eurasian Collared Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Sparrow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
:  
Wood Duck: photo by Raiph Hocken 

Tuesday bird walk, October 09, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny with strong winds on the Strait of Georgia. We heard and saw a huge amount of American Robins, during the morning. Four Red Crossbills were seen perched high at the top of a tall Conifer Tree and a flock were seen flying over the tall trees. Two Sharp-shinned Hawks, a Cooper’s Hawk and a Merlin flew over head. Two Northern Shovelers were spotted just off the mud flats. A Clark’s Grebe was spotted off shore and three Western Grebes were seen a little further off shore. A Band-tailed Pigeon being chased by a Cooper’s Hawk was spotted. Pacific Loons and Common Loons were heading up the Strait. A Lincoln’s Sparrow was preening itself just off the trail.
Red Crossbill: photo by Ralph Hocken
Twenty-one birders including three visiting birders from Victoria and two visitors from Ships Point saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Northern Shoveler
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Clark’s Grebe
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Common Murre
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Iceland(Thayer’s) Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Eurasian-collared Dove
Band-tailed Pigeon
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbirds
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Backyard Happenings
More of the sparrow family are arriving at many backyard feeders including a Harris Sparrow in the Hammond Bay area. Golden-crowned Sparrows are arriving and very vocal around the store and at my backyard feeders. Juvenile White-crowned Sparrows are still about as well. For some lucky backyard birders the American Goldfinch are still about and busy feeding on Nyjer seed and sunflower seed. Problems with wet bird seed with these storms passing through, try using less seed in your bird feeder, enough for a day or a half day instead of filling it full. Even with all the rain we have had the birds are busy in the bird baths so remember to keep them clean and topped up with fresh water. Good birding Colin

Please NoteCheck 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 October 14, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store at 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on October 16, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of Highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 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, 9 October 2018


                 Tuesday bird walk, October 09, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny with strong winds on the Strait of Georgia. We heard and saw a huge amount of American Robins, during the morning.  Four Red Crossbills were seen perched high at the top of a tall Conifer Tree and a flock were seen flying over the tall trees. Two Sharp-shinned Hawks, a Cooper’s Hawk and a Merlin flew over head.  Two Northern Shovelers were spotted just off the mud flats. A Clark’s Grebe was spotted off shore and three Western Grebes were seen a little further off shore. A Band-tailed Pigeon being chased by a Cooper’s Hawk was spotted.  Pacific Loons and Common Loons were heading up the Strait.  A Lincoln’s Sparrow was preening itself just off the trail.

Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-one birders including three visiting birders from Victoria and two visitors from Ships Point saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Northern Shoveler
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Clark’s Grebe
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Common Murre
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Iceland(Thayer’s) Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Eurasian-collared Dove 
Band-tailed Pigeon
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbirds
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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 October 14, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store at 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on October 16, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of Highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 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
Blog: ww.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Sunday, 7 October 2018


Nanaimo bird Report, October 07, 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, October 07, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. It rained all morning but, for the positive, the winds were calm.  A very large flock of Canada Geese were resting on the Marsh all morning. Many Wood Ducks, several American Coots, two Greater Scaup and six Pied-billed Grebes were just off shore. A Merlin was perched on the top of a very tall tree near the trail.  An Anna’s Hummingbird was spotted resting close to the trail. 


                                                                  Merlin: Photo by Ralph Hocken

Two rather wet birders saw and heard the following eighteen species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Wood Duck
American Coot

Greater Scaup

Pied-billed Grebe

Merlin 

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Marsh Wren

Bewick’s Wren

Golden-crowned Sparrow

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

House Finch

Tuesday bird walk, October 02, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with very strong winds on the Strait of Georgia. A Cedar Waxwing was seen in a bush just off the trail at the start of the walk. Several Savannah Sparrows were spotted on a snag along the waterfront. A huge flock of Mew Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting along the shoreline. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of a single Vaux’s Swift, flying high above us.  A Western Grebe was spotted just off shore with a Horned Grebe, a Red-necked Grebe, Pacific Loons and Common Loons. We spotted a Downy Woodpecker high up in a tall tree at the end of the walk.
                                           Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Seventeen birders including two visiting birders from Toronto saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Harlequin Duck

American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter

Common Merganser

Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Pacific Loon 
  Common Loon

Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Mew Gull

California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northwestern Crow
American Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Bushtit

Vaux’s Swift

European Startling

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch


                                        Downy Woodpecker: 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 Tuesday Bird Walk on October 09, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary 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 in Parksville at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on October 14, 2018 will be going to  Neck Point Park in Nanaimo Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road 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
                                              www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com