Sunday, 10 June 2018


Nanaimo bird Report,June 10, 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, June 10 2018
The Sunday bird walk went Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy and cool. We spotted a flock of high flying Black Swifts from the parking lot.  We heard and then spotted a Western Tanager close to the trail.   A Hairy Woodpecker flew into a tall tree near the trail. We heard Pacific Wrens, Willow Flycatchers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Hammond’s Flycatchers during the walk. A Wilson’s Warbler was seen just off the trail.

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Chilliwack and Ohio saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Common Goldeneye
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Common Raven
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Re-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Western Tanager
Swainson’s Thrush
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch  

Wednesday, June 06:
A Whimbrel and a Long-billed Curlew were seen at Piper’s Lagoon in Nanaimo.

A Western Bluebird was seen along Western Acres Road in Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, 

June 05, 2018:

  The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with winds off the Strait of Georgia. Ten Great Blue Herons were seen just off shore.  During the walk four  Pigeon Guillemots and six White-winged Scoters were seen further off shore.  A Western Wood- Pewee was seen at the edge of the forest.  A lone Caspian Tern was spotted heading up the Strait giving us great views.  We watched a Brown Creeper with a Dragonfly in its bill go into a nest hole on a tree next to the trail.         
                                                              
                                                           Brown Creeper: Ralph Hocken Photo:


Twenty-two birders, including two visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
White-winged Scoter
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Glaucous-Winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Great Blue Heron
European Starling
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker 
Pileated Woodpecker
Western Wood-Pewee
Hammonds Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-Green Swallow
Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swanson’s Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Orange-Crowned Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Brown Creeper
Chipping  Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
                                                                   American Goldfinch                                                                                 
                                                 White-winged Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

A pair of Evening Grosbeaks continue to visit backyard feeders at the end of Douglas Avenue in Nanaimo.
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 June12, 2018 will be going the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am.  Turn from Northwest Bay Road onto Power-Point Road.  Follow Powder Point Road to the four way stop where it becomes Fairwinds Drive.  Go about one hundred yards past the four way stop to a parking area on the left hand side of the road.  We will meet you there at about 9:25 a.m.
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 17, 2018 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines on Normarel Drive at about 9:15 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






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