Sunday, 15 April 2018

Nanaimo bird report, april 15, 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,April 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.

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Sunday bird walk, April 15, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. An American coot was spotted near the reeds not far from shore.  Two Virginia Rails were heard.  A Northern Harrier flew overhead being chased by a Brewer’s Blackbird. Violet-green Swallows, Tree Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows were flying low over the water all morning. We spotted Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Orange-crowned Warbler and several Common Yellow-throats were seen and heard.

Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Wood Duck
Ring-necked Duck
  Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Glaucous-wing Gull
American Coot
Virginia Rail
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
  California Quail
Ring-neck Pheasant
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Brewer’s Blackbird
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Eurasian-collared Dove
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Bewick’s Wren
                                                                     Marsh Wren
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Great Blue Heron
  American Robin
  European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
  Common Yellow-throat
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
  Song Sparrow
  Fox Sparrow
  White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
  Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
House Sparrow
American Coot: Ralph Hocken Photo:  

Thursday, April 12:  
A Greater White-fronted Goose and a Band-tailed Pigeon were seen at the Englishman river Estuary on the Plummer Road side in Parksville. 

Twelve Greater Yellowlegs were seen near the Living Forest Campground in south Nanaimo.

Friday, April 13:  
A very large raft of Surf Scoters was seen off Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 10, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started with rain showers but finished with sunshine and clear skies.  An Orange-crowned Warbler greeted us at the start of the walk.  Several Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen during the morning.  Both Anna's Hummingbird and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen throughout the morning. Six Turkey Vultures were seen soaring high overhead.  Six Trumpeter Swans and a Tundra Swan were feeding in the field near Church Road.  A Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched high up in a tall conifer tree.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew past quickly.  Two Great Horned Owls were perched in the forest giving us great views at the end of the walk.
         
       Great Horned Owl: Linda Stevens Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Canada Geese
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Monday, April 09:
A flock of Evening Grosbeaks were visiting bird feeders in Qualicum Beach.

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 April 17, 2018 will be going to the Shelly 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 end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of highway 19a at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on April 22, 2018 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or under the hydro lines along Normarel Drive in upper Lantzville at about 9:200 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




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