Sunday, 6 May 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,May 06, 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 06, 2018  
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with light winds off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Brandt’s Cormorant just offshore at the start of the walk. A  bright yellow American Goldfinch was spotted high up in a tall conifer tree. Two Marbled Murrelets, a Common Loon and two Pacific Loons were seen further offshore. We spotted a Black-throated Warbler high up in a tree and the Warbler then flew into a nest, giving us great views. A Wilson’s Warbler was seen feeding just off the trail.
Brandt’s Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eight birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
                                                                   Harlequin Duck
Marbled Murrelet
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-wing Gull
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
California Quail
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-wing Blackbird
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch 

Friday, May 04:
A Sooty Grouse was as seen at the top of Westwood Ridge in Nanaimo.

Thursday, May 03:  
Fourteen American White Pelicans were seen at the head of Nanoose Bay right by the estuary.

A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen at Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo.

          Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, May 01, 2018 

  The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was sunny with strong winds. A Dunlin and four singing Black Oystercatchers were seen along the rocky shores.   Six Pacific Loons and two Marbled Murrelet’s were seen offshore. We saw a Killer Whale breeching off shore.  We heard a Swainson’s Thrush calling just off the trail.  A Pacific-slope Flycatcher was spotted perched near the trail. Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers and Townsend’s Warblers entertained us all morning.


Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirty birders including visiting birders from South Africa saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Brant
Harlequin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
Pacific loon
Common Loon
Dunlin
Black Oystercatcher
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Swainson’s  Thrush
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple FinchAmerican Goldfinch

Black-throated Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
A Cinnamon Teal was seen at Buttertubs Marsh near the tall viewing tower, in Nanaimo. 
Monday, April 30:  
Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Douglas Street in Nanaimo.
Saturday, April 28:
A Yellow-Headed Blackbird is visiting a yard in the 700 block of Ermineskin Avenue Parksville.  
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 Sunday Bird Walk on May 13, 2018 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the Beaver Ponds parking area (Take Highway 19 to Northwest Bay Road go to Power Point Road, follow Power Point Road to the four way stop and  then go about one hundred yards to the parking area on the left)  about 9:20 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 08, 2018 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant Viewing Platform along Highway 19a in North Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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