Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 21, 2019




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 21, 2019
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds. Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, two Red-tailed Hawks and a Cooper’s Hawk were soaring high overhead.  A Brown Creeper entertained us for a long while as we watched it gathering nesting material, going into a cavity in a tree and then came out to look for more material.  A colourful male Western Tanager was spotted at the top of a conifer tree.  A  Red-breasted Nuthatch was seen feeding on a tree close to the trail.  A newly hatched Rufous Hummingbird chick was resting on a tree branch at eye level close to the trail--an awesome sighting.  Bewick’s Wrens, Swainson's Thrush, Chipping Sparrows and Warbling Vireos were heard all morning.

           Red-tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Victoria saw and heard the following forty species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Coopers Hawk
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Tree Swallow
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

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 26, 2019 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 28, 2019 will be going to the Englishman River, Shelly Road side in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a in Parkville at about 9:10 a.m. 
Good birding
Neil Robins
The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Mourning Dove

A Mourning Dove has been visiting a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville for the past two days, May 18 and 19, 2019:

Neil Robins
Parksville




The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report
Nanaimo Bird Report, May 19, 2019
“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 was seen and location of your sighting.
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BIRD REPORT, May 19, 2019
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was mostly sunny with a calm winds.  A Pied-billed Grebe was seen diving on the marsh.  We heard and saw several Black-headed Grosbeaks and saw a male Black-headed Grosbeak  sitting on a nest.  Common Yellowthroats were heard for most of the morning.  Two Red-tailed Hawks and a Cooper’s Hawk were spotted overhead. We watched a Downy Woodpecker moving up a tree trunk, feeding along the way.  Several Band-tailed Pigeons flew overhead past the marsh.  Violet-green Swallows, Purple Martins and Tree Swallows were seen hawking insects for a good part of the morning.

Black-headed Grosbeak: Linda Stevens photo:


Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Wood Duck
Mallard
Pie-billed Grebe
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Band-tailed Pigeon

Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Common Raven
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
 Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Warbling Vireo
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Violet-green Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
 Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrows

Wednesday, May 15:
A Whimbrel was seen feeding on the Kite Fields at the Parksville Community Park.  

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 14, 2019: 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach.  The morning started with rain showers but soon the showers stopped and the winds were calm.  A Black Swift flew high overhead at the start of the walk. Swainson's Thrush were heard all morning.  We heard and saw a large number of Warbling Vireos during the morning.   A Red-breasted Sapsucker was tapping its musical song on a tree trunk.  A Belted Kingfisher was seen fishing from a perch near the river.  Two Spotted Sandpipers were flying just over the river.  Tree Swallows, Violet-green Swallows and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow were seen flying and hawking insects over the river.  Two Western Tanagers were seen in a tree near the trail.  A female Black-headed Grosbeak was on the ground.

Spotted Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black Swift
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

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 21, 2019 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despaird Avenue in Parkville at about 9:10 a.m. 
The Sunday Bird Walk on May 26, 2019 will be going to Neck Point in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com






Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 14, 2019


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 14, 2019

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach.  The morning started with rain showers but soon the showers stopped and the winds were calm.  A Black Swift flew high overhead at the start of the walk. Swainson's Thrush were heard all morning.  We heard and saw a large number of Warbling Vireos during the morning.   A Red-breasted Sapsucker was tapping it’s musical song on a tree trunk.  A Belted Kingfisher was seen fishing from a perch near the river.  Two Spotted Sandpipers were flying just  over the river. 
Tree Swallows, Violet-green Swallows and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow were seen flying and hawking insects over the river.  Two Western Tanagers were seen in a tree near the trail.  A female Black-headed Grosbeak was on the ground.

      Spotted Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black Swift
Tree Swallow 
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

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 19, 2019 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Park Road at about 9:15am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 21, 2019 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parkville at about 9:10 a.m. 
Good birding
Neil Robins
The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Sunday, 12 May 2019


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, March 31, 2019
“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 was seen and location of your sighting.
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BIRD REPORT, May 12, 2019
“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 was seen and location of your sighting.
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The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was mostly sunny with a calm winds. We spotted an American Goldfinch at the start of the walk. A Western Tanager was seen just above the trail giving us great views. A Downy Woodpecker was just off the trail looking for food. Orange-crowned Warbler’s, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warble and Yellow Warbler were seen along the trail. A Townsend’s Warbler put on a show for us right above the trail. We spotted a Bushtits nest with a Bushtit next to it at the end of the walk.

 
Yellow Warbler : Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Wood Duck
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Northwester Crow
Band-tailed Pigeon
Common Raven
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
 Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hammond’s Flycatcher 
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
American Robin
Violet-green Swallow
Swanson’s Thrush
Western Tanager
 Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Purple Finch
Song Sparrow
Bushtit
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk:
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 07, 2019 went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  Chipping Sparrows were seen at the start of the walk.  A Wilson’s Warbler was spotted low in the bushes near the trail.  We had the good fortune seeing a MacGillivray’s Warbler landing in a tree right next to the trail, giving us great views.  Many Hammond’s Flycatchers, several Pacific-slope Flycatchers, a Warbling Vireo and a Cassin’s Vireo were heard and then seen on the walk.  Two first of the season Vaux’s Swifts were seen high overhead.  A Swainson’s Thrush was heard calling.  Orange-crowned Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler were seen on the walk. A MacGillivray’s Warbler put on a singing show near the end of the walk.  The songs of spring abounded!
 
  MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw the following thirty-seven species:

Canada Goose

Turkey Vulture 
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird 
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow 
Tree Swallow
Vaux’s Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren 
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush 
California Quail
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler 
MacGillivray’s Warbler 
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow 
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Brown-headed Cowbird 
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin


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 14, 2019 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at Kinkade Road on the forest side of highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 19, 2019 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Park Road at about 9:15am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com