Sunday, 22 April 2018

Nanaimo bird report, April 22, 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,April 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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Sunday bird walk, April 22, 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. The morning was sunny with calm winds. We saw two Townsend’s Warblers feeding in a tall Big Leaf Maple Tree just off the trail.  A Wilson’s Snipe was spotted near the marsh.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker was seen in a conifer tree just off the trail giving us great views.  We heard  a Hutton’s Vireo and then spotted him.  Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Yellowthroat and Yellow-rumped Warblers were heard and seen all morning.  A Rufous Hummingbird was perched in a short bush for a long period of time giving us great views.  Turkey Vultures, a Bald Eagle and a Cooper’s Hawk were seen high overhead during the walk.

                                         
Townsend’s Warbler:

Sixteen birders including visiting birders from Red Deer saw and heard the following forty-six species:
 Ring-neck Duck
 Wood Duck
 Bufflehead
Pied-billed Grebe
Hooded Merganser
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Blue Heron
 Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
 Band-tailed Pigeon
 Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
                                                                Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hutton’s Vireo
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Townsend’s Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Hutton’s Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thursday, April 19:
Two Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Avonlea Road and Cavendish Road in Nanaimo.

Wednesday, April 18: 
Four Ruddy Ducks were seen at Pilot Bay, Twin Beach on Gabriola Island.


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 17, 2018 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  A Hermit Thrush was spotted just off the trail.  A Trumpeter Swan and three Canada Geese were seen along the river.  Two Townsend’s Solitaires were seen perched in a berry bush not far from the trail. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen high up in a tall tree.  White-crowned Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were heard singing all morning.  A Chipping Sparrow was spotted just off the trail. We watched a Lincoln’s Sparrow preening itself in a bush near the trail. A Barred Owl was perched next to the trail giving us great views.
Chipping Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-four birders including visiting birders from Chicago and Red Deer  saw and heard the following sixty- four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Green-wing Teal
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Surf Scoter
Common Loon
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Virginia Rail
Great Blue Heron
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s )Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Killdeer
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
California Quail
Steller’s Jay
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
European Starling
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Varied Thrush
Townsend’s Solitaire
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

An American Goldfinch was seen on Protection Island.

A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen at a backyard feeder near Tempre Road and Pry Road in Parksville.

Monday, April 16:  
An American Goldfinch was seen Along Lancewood Road in Lantzville.

Tuesday, April 10
A Rufous Hummingbird was seen in a backyard feeder in the 3300 block of Barrington Road in Nanaimo.

Townsend’s Solitaire: 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 April 24, 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 on the oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 am.
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 29, 2018 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary at 787 Nanaimo Lakes 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
Fax: 250-390-1633


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