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Friday, 15 October 2021

The Nanaimo Bird Report October 15 2021

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

 

Nanaimo Bird Report

October 15, 2021


“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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I would like to apologize for the confusion with the bird walk dates and locations between the last bird report and recent postings. Sorry to those who may have missed the bird walk. Colin.

Varied Thrush (J. Morrison)

Friday October 15, 2021:

 

7 Varied Thrush along with 2 Northern Flickers were seen in feeding in the backyard on Taylor Walk in Little Qualicum River Village.

 

Tuesday October 12, 2021:

 

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park. The weather was stormy with strong winds and a cool temperature. Tide was on the way in but not much was seen on the water. A few highlights were, Eurasian Wigeon, Cackling Goose and Bald Eagle that flew low overhead.

 

5 Birders saw and heard the following 26 species:


Canada Goose

Cackling Goose

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

Harlequin Duck

Common Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pelagic Cormorant

Bald Eagle

Bonaparte’s Gull

Short-billed Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

American Robin

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin


 Tuesday October 12, 2021:

 

2 juvenile Snow Geese were seen at the group campsites in Rathtrevor Provincial Park.

  


 Eurasian Wigeon (R. Hocken)

Sunday October 10, 2021:


The Sunday Bird Walk was cancelled for the Thanksgiving weekend.




Chestnut-backed Chickadee (J. Morrison)

 

The Backyard Bird Walks

 

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide. The walks are weather pending.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

 

Covid-19 Precautions

·         Do not attend if you feel ill.

·         Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·         Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

 

The Tuesday Bird Walk, October 19, 2021

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Little Qualicum River Estuary.

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay Road and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the Brant Viewing Stand on Hwy 19A at the north end of the Qualicum Beach at 9:15, weather pending.

 

The Sunday Bird Walk October 17, 2021

The Sunday Bird walk will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Raines Road in Cedar at 9:15 am. Weather pending.

 

Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

 

The Backyard

Wildbird and Nature Store


6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669

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

Website: www.thebackyard.ca

Sunday, 10 October 2021

October 12 2021 Bird Walk Cancelled


 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This week's Sunday bird walk is cancelled. Our Sunday bird walk will resume on October 19 2021 and we will be visiting the Nanaimo River Estuary.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Nanaimo Bird Report, October 7 2021

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report   Nanaimo Bird Report, October 7 2021 BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING: To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Weekly Bird Report

 

Nanaimo Bird Report, October 7 2021

BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.caPlease 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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Please Note

Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

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Snow Goose (J. Morrison)

Tuesday October 5, 2021:

The Tuesday Bird Walk was cancelled due to weather, but nine birders braved the weather.

9 Birders saw and heard the following 31 species:

 

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

American Wigeon

Green-winged Teal

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

 

Bald Eagle

Merlin

Killdeer

Black Oystercatcher

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Rock Pigeon

Belted Kingfisher

American/Northwestern Crow

American Robin

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

 

Northern Shovelers (R. Hocken)

Sunday October 3, 2021:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Maki Road Trail in south Nanaimo. The weather was sunny with a light breeze. A few highlights from the walk were being able to watch a Wilson’s Snipe feeding, good views of Yellow-rumped Warblers and seeing 2 Peregrine Falcons fly over.

13 Birders saw and heard the following 36 species:

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Common Merganser

California Quail

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

Virginia Rail

Wilson’s Snipe

Mew Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpeck

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American / Northwestern Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Brown Creeper

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin

 

 

Sandhill Crane (J. Morrison)

 

Monday October 4, 2021:

A few reports of Sandhill Cranes flying south, from Nanoose Bay and central Nanaimo.

We are also receiving more reports of Steller’s Jays regularly visiting the backyard feeders.

The Backyard Bird Walks

 

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide. The walks are weather pending.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

 

Covid-19 Precautions

·     Do not attend if you feel ill.

·     Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·     Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

 

The Tuesday Bird Walk, October 19, 2021

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park.

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay Road and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the main parking area by the beach entrance at 9:10.

 

The Sunday Bird Walk October 10, 2021

This Sunday Bird Walk is cancelled for the long weekend.

The walks will resume October 17 and will be going to Nanaimo River Estuary.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Raines Road in Cedar at 9:15 am. Weather pending.

 

Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

 

The Backyard

Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669

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

Website: www.thebackyard.ca

 

 

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Please Note

Please check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

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THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Website: www.thebackyard.ca

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Local Links

Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding

Vancouver Island University (VIU) Canada Goose Project

Nanaimo Area Land Trust (NALT)

Nature Nanaimo 

North Island Wildlife Recovery

Pacific North West Raptors

 

 

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Tuesday Bird Walk Cancelled

 The Tuesday Bird Walk for October 5, 2021 is cancelled due to the weather.


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

September 28, 2021


“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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American Kestrel (R. Hocken)

Tuesday September 28:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road. The weather was sunny with a few clouds and the wind was calm. A few highlights from the bird walk were, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and Kestrel, a Western Meadowlark, and a Lincoln Sparrow.

19 Birders saw and heard the following 66 species:

Canada Goose

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Common Merganser

California Quail

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Copper’s Hawk

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Virginia Rail

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Black Turnstones

Bonaparte’s Gull

Short-billed Gull (Mew)

California Gull

Thayer’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American/Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Bushtit

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Western Meadowlark

Brewer’s Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine siskin


Western Meadowlark (R. Hocken) 

Sunday September 26, 2021:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Nanoose Bay Estuary. The weather was not forecast to be good, but a couple of hardy birders did go in the blowing wind and misty showers but for the most day it was sunny. The tide was high, and water was rough. A few highlights that were seen, a Merlin flew close by for us to see and we watch it chase a Peregrine Falcon as well. There were lots of Turkey Vultures, a couple of Bald Eagles and a Belted Kingfisher that put on a bit of a show.

3 Birders saw and heard the following 26 species:

Canada Goose

California Quail

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Turkey Vulture

Killdeer

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch 


White-throated Sparrow - (R. Hocken)

Tuesday September 21, 2021:

A Barred Owl was seen along the trails at Pioneer Park, located a Dover and Dickenson Nanaimo.

Friday September 24, 2021:

A White-throated Sparrow is visiting a backyard feeder on Malibu Terrace in Nanaimo.

 The Backyard Bird Walks 

Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide. The walks are weather pending.

Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

·         Do not attend if you feel ill.

·         Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·         Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, October 5, 2021

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Columbia Beach, French Creek.

Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay Road and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the beach opening parking area on Admiral Tryon Blvd at 9:10.

The Sunday Bird Walk October 3, 2021

This Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Maki Road Trail in south Nanaimo.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Maki Road by the Living Forest Campground at 9:15 am. Weather pending. 

Good birding! Colin Bartlett