Sunday, 29 April 2018

Nanaimo bird report, April 29, 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,April 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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Sunday bird walk, April 29, 2018  
The Sunday bird walk went to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with rain showers all morning. We heard and saw Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Townsend's Warbler during the walk. We heard two California Quail singing off the trail. A Mallard and a Wood Duck were seen on the lake.

Twelve birders including visiting birders from St. Albert saw and heard the following twenty-three species:
Mallard
Wood Duck
Rufous Hummingbird,
Pileated Woodpecker,
California Quail
Northwestern Crow,
Common Raven,
Brown-headed Cowbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee,
Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Brown Creeper,
Berwick’s Wren,
Pacific Wren,
Golden-crowned Kinglet,
American Robin,
Orange-crowned Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Townsend's Warbler,
Spotted Towhee,
Song Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco,
Purple Finch,
Pine Siskin,
California Quail: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

A pair of Blue-wing Teal were seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Saturday, April 28:
A Yellow-Headed Blackbird is visiting a yard in the 700 block of Ermineskin Avenue Parksville. 
Thursday, April 26:  
A Canvasback Duck was seen at the Morningstar Ponds in French Creek.
          Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 24, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was clear with calm winds. We watched a Wilson’s Warbler feeding in a short bush just across the river from us.  Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers and a Semipalmated Sandpiper were seen feeding on the mudflats. A Hump-backed Whale was spotted heading down the Strait of Georgia. Eight Band-tailed Pigeons, Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, a Merlin and a Cooper’s Hawk flew overhead during the morning. Two Black Oystercatchers, four Black-bellied Plovers a Dunlin, a Killdeer, a Long-billed Dowitcher and a Short-billed Dowitcher were seen feeding on the mudflats.  A  Eurasian Teal was seen feeding on the mudflats with a flock of Green-wing Teal at the end of the walk.

Wilson’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-eight birders including visiting birders from Penticton, Chicago and Ontario saw and heard the following sixty- three species:
Canada Geese
Brant
                                                                           Mallard
Gadwall
Green-wing Teal
Eurasian Teal
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Bufflehead
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific loon
Common Loon
Common Murre
Doubled-crested Cormorant
Long-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
                                                                     Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Cooper’s Hawk
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
                                                                    Barn Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Townsend’s Solitaire
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Long-billed Dowitcher: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Monday, April 23:
A very large flock of Northern Rough-wing Swallows were seen at the Nanaimo Airport.
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 May 01, 2018 will be going to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking lot at Moorcroft at 1563 Stewart Rd, (off Northwest Bay Road, follow signs to Moorcroft )at about 9:20 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 06, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo at 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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