Sunday, 27 May 2018

Nanaimo bird report, May 27, 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,May 20, 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 27, 2018 
The Sunday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. A Townsend’s Warbler was spotted on a log across the river.  Common Mergansers, a Double-crested Cormorant and Surf Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia.  A  Violet-green Swallow was perched at the top of a very tall tree, giving us great views.  A Hermit Thrush flew across the trail into the bushes. Three Warbling Vireos were seen just off the trail.  
                                    Hermit Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo:                                 :

Twenty-six birders including ten visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following forty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Surf Scoter
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Hermit Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
California Quail
European Starling
Black-head Grosbeak
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
May 22, 2018:  
  The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and very warm, but it cooled off when we entered the forest. Swainson's Thrush’s entertained us all morning.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles flew overhead. We had great views of three McGillivray's Warblers perched and singing on the walk.  A Western Tanager was seen high up in the tall tree near the trail.  A Pileated Woodpecker was spotted flying into its nest hole along the edge of the forest.  Willow Flycatchers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were heard during the walk.  A Common Yellowthroat gave us great views in the bushes just off the road.  A juvenile Great Horned Owl was spotted perched in a tree back in the bushes.  An adult Great Horned Owl was being mobbed by American Robins along the trail at the end of the walk.
Great Horned Owl: Lynda Stevens Photo:

Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Great Horned Owl
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
                                                        Violet-green Swallow
                                             Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
                                                                      Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
McGillivray's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thursday, May 24:
Thirty-five Cedar Waxwings were seen on the trail by the Living Forest campground in south Nanaimo:
                                                Cedar Waxwings: Linda Stevens 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 29, 2018 will be going to the Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Kinkade Road on the forest side of highway 19A in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 03, 2018 will be going to Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park in Cedar.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the park on the Oceanside side of Trans Canada Highway 1 at the end of Morden Road in south Nanaimo at about 9:25 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
                                                       Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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