Sunday, 13 May 2018

Nanaimo bird report, May 13, 2018




Nanaimo bird Report,May 13, 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, May 13, 2018  
The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles were seen throughout the morning. We had great views of a Wilson’s Warbler right next to the trail. Tree Swallows and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead.  A Cassin’s Vireo was heard singing for the longest time near the trail.  A Townsend’s Warbler and a Black Throated-grey Warbler were seen just off the trail in the same tree.  Willow Flycatchers, Pacific-sloped Flycatchers, Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks were heard for most of the morning.
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  Red-breasted Nuthatch
  American Robin
Swanson’s Thrush
  European Starling
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Cassin’s Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black Throated-grey Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
  Song Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
                                                            American Goldfinch
 Pine Siskin
Tree Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

A Black-headed Grosbeak is visiting feeders along Meridian Way in Parksville.

Friday, May 11:
A Black-headed Grosbeak is visiting feeders at the end of Lakeside Drive in the Cinnabar Valley.

Wednesday, May 09:   
Red Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks are visiting feeders along Elizabeth Way in Lantzville.

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks is visiting a back yard in the 800 block of Douglas Avenue in Nanaimo.   

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
 May 08, 2018:
  The Tuesday bird walk went to Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery with a brief stop at the Brant Viewing Tower in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was sunny. The walk was two and a half miles long, taking two hours and fifty minutes. Two Blue-wing Teal, White-winged Scoters, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser and Pacific Loons in breeding plumage were seen offshore at the viewing platform.  We saw an American Dipper feeding it’s young at the fish hatchery.  We heard a Western Tanager singing and a Swanson’s Thrush calling near the trail.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted near the trail.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Warbling Vireo and an Orange-crowned Warbler were seen in a tall Big-leaf Maple tree.  We heard and saw and heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hammond’s Flycatchers and Willow Flycatchers through out the morning.  Six Turkey Vultures flew over head at the end of the walk.

                                         Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:                                     

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

                                               Harlequin Duck
Blue-wing Teal
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Murre
                                                                     Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Red-necked Grebe
  Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Dipper
Iceland Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-wing Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
Swanson’s Thrush
European Starling
Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler 
 Yellow Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
                                            Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch
                                                   Willow Flycatcher: 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 May 15, 2018 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the top bridge trail entrance (look for sign) at Industrial Way and Tuan Road at about 9:10 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 20, 2018 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the Burma Road entrance to Linley Valley, off Lost Lake Road in north Nanaimo at about 9:20 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD& NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669Fax: 250-390-1633

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