Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.


The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  

The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds.  We were greeted with the sighting of Rufous Hummingbirds at the start of the walk and they entertained us for most of the morning.  We heard a Red-breasted Sapsucker’s musical tapping on tree trunk from the forest.   A small flock of Baird’s Sandpipers were seen along the incoming tide.  A very large flock of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers were running along the estuary giving us great views.  Red-neck Grebe, Surf Scoters, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen on the Strait of Georgia.                 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 30, 2019: 
Rufous Hummingbird: Ralph Hocken Photo:



Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from Australia, Ontario and Alberta saw the following fifty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Green-wing Teal
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Red-neck Grebe
Bufflehead
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Short-billed Dowitcher
Baird’s Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
California Gull
Mew Gull
Bonaparte Gull
Iceland(Thayer’s)Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
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 May 05, 2019 will be going to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or the parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary ( Take Wakasiah Road to Nanaimo Lakes Road and look for the sign to Morrell Sanctuary just past the underpass for Highway 19) at about 9:15 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 07, 2019 will be going to Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the trail head on Industrial Way and Tuan Road in Parksville about 9:10 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




Monday, 29 April 2019

Three Baird's Sandpipers and a Townsend's Solitaire were seen at the ponds at Rivers Edge near Parksville.

A Osprey was spotted above the mud flats at the Plummer Roadside of the Englishman River in Parksville.

Seen by John Purves and Neil Robins today, April 29, 2019

Sunday, 28 April 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report                                                                                             
Nanaimo Bird Report, April 28, 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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Sunday bird walk, Legacy Marsh, April 28, 2019:The morning was sunny with a fresh breeze blowing. Eight species of warblers including Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Wilson’s Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers, Yellow Warblers and a MacGillivray’s Warbler was seen during the walk. This includes all the species of warblers usually found on Vancouver Island. We heard and then saw Purple Martins high overhead.  Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagle and Red-tailed Hawks were seen above the trees. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted resting just off the trail. Cassin’s Vireos, Hutton’s Vireos and a Warbling Vireo were seen on the walk. A  Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted at the top of a snag off the trail.

 
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Ontario saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Canada Geese
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Bufflehead
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northwester Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian-collared Dove
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Violet Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Cassin’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammonds Flycatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
Black-headed Grosbeak
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Saturday, April 27:
”RARE BIRD ALERT”
A Calliope Hummingbird  was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

A Blue-winged Teal was spotted at Quesnel Lake In Cedar.

Friday, April 26: 
A Cassin’s Vireo was seen in Linley Valley in Nanaimo.


 Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 23, 2019: 
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds.  A Townsend’s Warbler was spotted at the start of the walk.   A Red-breasted Sapsucker was seen just off the trail.  A Hammond’s Flycatcher was heard  several times during the walk. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher, several Orange-crowned Warblers, a large number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, two Townsend’s Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler were seen high up in the tall trees near the trail.  Summer is on it’s way!



Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-seven birders including visiting birders from Saskatoon and Red Deer saw and heard the following fifty species:
Mallard
Bufflehead
Wood Duck
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Barred Owl
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Bonaparte Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tail Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Monday, April 22:  
A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen at the R.V. Park at Westwood Lake in Nanaimo. 

Saturday, April 20:
A Glaucous Gull was spotted off a BC Ferries east of Snake Island in the Strait of Georgia.

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 April 30, 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 area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at  about 9:10 am. 

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 05, 2019 will be going to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or the parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary ( off Wakasiah Road to Nanaimo lakes Road look for sign under Highway 19  to Morrell Sanctuary) 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, 23 April 2019


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 23, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds.  A
Townsend’s Warbler was spotted at the start of the walk.   A Red-breasted Sapsucker was seen just off the trail.  A Hammond’s Flycatcher was heard  several times during the walk. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher, several Orange-crowned Warblers, a large number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, two Townsend’s Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler were seen high up in the tall trees near the trail.  Summer is on it’s way!



Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-seven birders including visiting birders from Saskatoon and Red Deer saw and heard the following fifty species:
Mallard
Bufflehead
Wood Duck
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Barred Owl
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Bonaparte Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tail Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 27, 2019 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or under the Hydro lines on Normarel Drive, (off Highway 19 in upper Lantzville at Superior Road follow Superior Road to Normarel Drive) at about 9:15 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 30, 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 area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at  about 9:10 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

Monday, 22 April 2019






The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report
Nanaimo Bird Report, April 21, 2019
BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings please 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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April 19, 2019,

Over forty White-fronted Geese were seen flying southwest over the Nanaimo Hospital towards Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 16, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  A Wilson’s Warbler was seen at the start of the walk. We heard and then saw several Orange-crowned Warblers during the walk.  A pair of American Kestrel were perched high up in a tall tree giving us great views at the edge of the forest.  A Barred Owl was seen next to the trunk of a tree and then flew giving us an excellent sighting.  We had several sightings of male Anna's Hummingbirds during the walk.  One Red-wing Blackbird was perched high in a tree at the edge of the forest.
 
Wilson’s Warbler: John Morrison Photo:

Twenty-four birders including visiting birders from Ontario and Alberta saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
American Kestrel
Barred Owl
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Red-wing Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin



Two Sooty Grouse were heard calling along Westwood Ridge in Nanaimo.



There was no Sunday Bird Walk on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019:

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 April 23, 2019 will be going to the Moorecroft Regional Park.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at Moorecroft Regional Park (follow Northwest Bay Road to Stewart Road and then follow the signs to the Park at 1563 Stewart Road) in Nanoose Bay at  about 9:25 am. 


The Sunday Bird Walk on April 27 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or under the Hydro lines on Normarel Drive, (off Highway 19 in upper Lantzville at Superior Road follow Superior Road to Normatel 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
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Tuesday, 16 April 2019


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 16, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  A Wilson’s Warbler was seen at the start of the walk. We heard and then saw several Orange-crowned Warblers during the walk.  A pair of American Kestrel were perched high up in a tall tree giving us great views at the edge of the forest.  A Barred Owl was seen next to the trunk of a tree and then flew giving us an excellent sighting.  We had several sightings of male Anna's Hummingbirds during the walk.  One Red-wing Blackbird was perched high in a tree at the edge of the forest.

        Wilson’s Warbler: John Morrison Photo:

Twenty-four birders including visiting birders from Ontario and Alberta saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Sharp-shinned Hawk
American Kestrel
Barred Owl
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Red-wing Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
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!


There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019:

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 23, 2019 will be going to the Moorecroft Regional Park.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at Moorecroft Regional Park (follow Northwest Bay Road to Stewart Road and then follow the signs to the Park at 1563 Stewart Road) in Nanoose Bay at  about 9:25 am. 

Good Birding

Neil Robins



6314 Metral Drive, NanaimoV9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669 Fax: 250-390-1633

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Monday, 15 April 2019

Herring Spawn

The Birdstore just received a report of many thousands of  flocks of Gulls, Scoters and other seabirds at Lantzville this morning.  The herring spawn has arrived here!!!

Sunday, 14 April 2019


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report
Nanaimo Bird Report, BIRD REPORT --  April 14, 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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Sunday Bird Walk, April 14, 2019
:
This week’s Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.  The weather was sunny with calm winds. A
Northern Shrike was spotted at the start of the walk. A Short–eared Owl was seen perched in a tree. Three Turkey Vultures were circling overhead. Violet-green Swallows, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Northern Rough-wing Swallows and Common Ravens were see over head all morning. Savannah Sparrow were heard and then seen close to the trail. A Orange-crowned Warbler was spotted close to the trail.
Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Fourteen Birders including two visiting birders from Alberta saw and heard the following thirty species:

Brant

Canada Geese

Great Blue Heron

Mallard

Common Mergansers

Green-winged Teal

Bald Eagle

Short-eared Owl

Northern Shrike

Turkey Vulture

Glaucous-winged Gull

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

Northwester Crow

Violet-green Swallows

Barn Swallows

Tree Swallows

Northern Rough-wing Swallow

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Bewick’s Wren

Orange-crowned Warbler

White-crowned Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Juncos

 Purple Finch




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 09, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary. The morning was sunny and delightfully spring-like.   The main highlights were a pair of Virginia Rail who gave us several great views, and a male and two female Mountain Bluebirds, with one of the females wide open in the sunshine showing herself to her best advantage.  A Barred Owl was heard.

Twenty-four birders saw and heard the following sixty-three species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoters
Green-winged Teal
Gadwall
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Northern Shoveler
Harlequin Duck
Common Loon
Common Goldeneye
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Killdeer
Violet-green Swallow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downey Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Band-tailed Pigeon
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
American Robin
Brown Creeper
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
California Quail
Virginia Rail
Mountain Bluebird
Hutton’s Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-winged Blackbird 
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow



Mountain Bluebird: Ralph Hocken Photo:





Good Birding,

David, Linda Prud’homme and Callie Larson.



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 April 16, 2019 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despaird Avenue Parksville at about 9:10 am.



There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019:



Good Birding

Neil Robins



6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Email: thebackyard @shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com