Tuesday, 29 January 2019


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Columbia Beach, January 29, 2019.
The morning started foggy but did clear for most of the morning.  We watched as one Trumpeter Swan  headed down the Strait of Georgia, along with one Canada Geese.  A Western Grebe and a Brant Goose were spotted near the horizon. Long lines of Surf Scoters with White-winged Scoters were seen heading up the strait. Ten Long-tailed Ducks were spotted offshore. A large number of Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones. Dunlin, Black Oystercatchers and Greater Yellowlegs were seen along the gravel bar. One Greater-white Fronted Goose and one female Eurasian Wigeon were seen along French Creek.
                                                 
Greater-white Fronted Geese: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Seventeen birders, saw and heard the following fifty-eight species: 
Canada Geese
Greater-white Fronted Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Brant
Mallard
Harlequin Duck 
Northern Pintail
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter 
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye 
Common Merganser 
Red-breasted Merganser 
Western Grebe
Horned Grebe 
Red-necked Grebe 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Pelagic Cormorant 
Pacific Loon 
Common Loon
Belted Kingfisher
Great -blue Heron
Bald Eagle 
Black-bellied Plover 
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Black Oystercatcher 
Greater Yellowlegs
Mew Gull 
California Gull 
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Ring-billed Gull 
Common Murre 
Rhinoceros Auklet
Pigeon Guillemot
Northern Flicker 
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Spotted Towhee 
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

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 February 03, 2019, Will be going to the Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at waterfront at the church camp in Nanoose Bay ( off highway 19 and Arlington Road) at about 9:15 am.


The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 05, 2019 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary 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 Brant viewing area in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:25 am. 


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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

Sunday, 27 January 2019


Nanaimo bird report, January 27, 2019:


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, January 27, 2019
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was foggy with calm winds. A large number of Ring-necked Ducks, two Canada Geese, a large number of Mallards, one Wood Duck, one Double-crested Cormorant, one Hooded Merganser and two Pied-billed Grebes were seen on the marsh. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was spotted perched on a tree near the trail giving us great views. A Cedar Waxwing was spotted in a bush next to the trail.

Ring-necked Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:



Fourteen birders including visiting birders from Alberta and Washington state saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
Great-blue Heron
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Double-crested Cormorant
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side, January 22, 2019.

The morning was cloudy with very strong winds.  A large number of Northern Pintail, five Gadwall, several Green-winged Teal and two Common Teal were seen along the mudflats.  A Brandt’s Cormorant,  Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon and a large number of Brant were seen riding the waves on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Dunlin and two Black-bellied Plovers flew over the ocean waves heading down the Strait. 


Eighteen birders, including birders from Alberta and Washington state saw and heard the following forty-eight species:

Canada Geese

Brant

American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Teal
Gadwall
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
California Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Orange-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Monday, January 21:
Hugh flocks of Pine Siskin’s were seen in Hammond Bay in Nanaimo.

The Dusky Thrush is still being seen in the fields off Gordon Road in Cedar. 

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 January 29, 2019 will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at  parking area off Admiral Tryon Boulevard (turn onto Columbia Drive go to the tee intersection and turn right on Admiral Tryon Boulevard) at about 9:15 am

The Sunday Bird Walk on February 05, 2019l be going to the Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at waterfront at the church camp in Nanoose Bay ( off highway 19 and Arlington Road) at about 9:15 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins


THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca




Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 22, 2019


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side, January 22, 2019.
The morning was cloudy with very strong winds.  A large number of Northern Pintail, five Gadwall, several Green-winged Teal and two Common Teal were seen along the mudflats.  A Brandt’s Cormorant,  Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon and a large number of Brant were seen riding the waves on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Dunlin and two Black-bellied Plovers flew over the ocean waves heading down the Strait. 
Common Teal: John Purves Photo:

Eighteen birders, including a birder from Alberta and Washington state saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Teal
Gadwall
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
California Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Orange-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
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 January 27 2019 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh in  Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at parking lot at Buttertubs on the Bowen Road side about 9:15 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on January 29, 2019 will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at  parking area off Admiral Tryon Boulevard (turn onto Columbia Drive go to the tee intersection and turn right on Admiral Tryon Boulevard) at about 9:15 am. 
Good birding
Neil Robins


THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

Monday, 21 January 2019

Dusky Thrush

Seen on the field along Gordon Road in Cedar.The rare Dusky Thrush that was reported in the British Columbia Rare Bird Alert. 
  This is only the third time the Dusky Thrush has been seen and recorded in the province of British Columbia.

Dusky Thrush: Nick Smith Photo:

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Nanaimo bird report, January 22, 2019


Nanaimo bird report, January 20, 2019:


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.
*******************************************


Sunday bird walk, January 20, 2019
The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  A Cooper’s Hawk was spotted on a mound in the estuary, to start our busy morning.  Several Red-tailed Hawks were perched on the tall trees.  A flock of Black-bellied Plovers flew along the shoreline giving us great views.  A large flock of Black-bellied Plovers flew past overhead.  An American Tree Sparrow was spotted near the trail giving us great views.  A Harris Sparrow was seen in with a flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows and Song Sparrows just off the trail.  After the walk some of the birders went to Gordon Road in Cedar and spotted the rare Dusky Thrush that was reported in the British Columbia Rare Bird Alert.  It was a lifer for most of us!  This is only the third time the Dusky Thrush has been seen and recorded in the province of British Columbia.  A Northern Shrike was seen in the same area

Harris Sparrow:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
American Widgeon
Common Goldeneye
  Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Iceland(Thayers) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Eurasian-collared Dove
Black-bellied Plover
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
Spotted Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Harris Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side, January 15, 2019.
The morning was very foggy with calm winds.  A lone female Common Goldeneye was spotted on the river. Many American Wigeons and Green-wing Teal were seen through the fog near the shore on the estuary. We heard and saw a great number of Bald Eagles during the morning.  An Anna's Hummingbird was perched on a tree giving us great views.  A large flock of Pine Siskins landed on the top of a short tree.  A Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrows, A Fox Sparrow, several Purple Finch and  House Finch were seen along the trail.

Lincoln’s Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Green-wing Teal
Mew Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Great Blue Heron
Virginia Rail
California Quail
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Harrier
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Anna's Hummingbird
  Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
  Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
 Brown Creeper
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Song Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow
Purple Finch
 House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

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 January 22, 2019 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 am

The Sunday walk on January 27, 2019 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE, 6314 Metral Drive at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Road at about 9:15 am.  

Good birding
Neil Robins


THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca





Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 15, 2019




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side, January 15, 2019.
The morning was very foggy with calm winds.  A lone female Common Goldeneye was spotted on the river. Many American Wigeons and Green-wing Teal were seen through the fog near the shore on the estuary. We heard and saw a great number of Bald Eagles during the morning.  An Anna's Hummingbird was perched on a tree giving us great views.  A large flock of Pine Siskins landed on the top of a short tree.  A Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrows, A Fox Sparrow, several Purple Finch and  House Finch were seen along the trail.

Lincoln’s Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Green-wing Teal
Mew Gull
Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Great Blue Heron
Virginia Rail
California Quail
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Harrier
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Anna's Hummingbird
  Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
  Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
 Brown Creeper
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Song Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow
Purple Finch
 House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

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 January 20 2019 will be going to the Nanaimo River estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on January 22, 2019 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or end of corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:15 am. 
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD& NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669