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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Nanaimo bird report, April 11, 2010

Yellow-rumped Warbler; Ralph Hocken Photo.


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Sunday April 11, 2010:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Morrell Nature Sanctuary in Nanaimo. We
saw and heard both Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers near the
beginning of the walk. We saw three different pairs of Brown Creepers
building nests behind the bark in trees. We head a Hutton's Vireo singing
near the Beaver Ponds.
Twenty-three birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species: Canada
Goose, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Rock Pigeon, Band-tailed
Pigeon, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated
Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown
Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet,
American Robin,Varied Thrush, European Starling, Hutton's Vireo,
Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow,
Song Sparrow , White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple
Finch, Red Crossbills, and Pine Siskin.

Saturday April 10:
Fifteen Western Grebes were seen offshore from Columbia Beach.

Thirty Trumpeter Swans were seen circling several times then heading
northwest over Departure Bay in Nanaimo.

Four Mountain Bluebirds and one American Kestrel were seen at the Nanaimo
River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Eight American Pipits were seen at the Holden Creek side of the Nanaimo
River Estuary.

A Steller's Jay was seen visiting feeders along Douglas Avenue in the
Harewood area of Nanaimo.

Eight California Quail are visiting feeders in the 2500 block of Glenayr
Drive in Nanaimo.

Friday April 09:
An Osprey and a Northern Harrier were seen over the Nanaimo River Estuary in
south Nanaimo.

Tuesday April 06:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning
was cloudy but pleasant, with calm winds. The highlights included hearing
as well as seeing an Orange-crowned Warbler and a Yellow-rumped Warbler in
the same area of the park. A Cooper's Hawk gave us good looks as it glided
in a large circle above us. There were several Bald Eagles perched in the
tall snags and Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles circled in the sky above us
. We saw a Pileated Woodpecker feeding on bugs in a tall snag. Through out
the morning we saw several Brown Creepers moving up the fir trees along the
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-three species of birds.
Canada Goose, Ring-necked Pheasant, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's
Hawk, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated
Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,
Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, Brown Creeper,
Bewick's Wren, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill and
Pine Siskin.

Tuesday April 06:
A pair of Downy Woodpeckers, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskins, White-crowned
Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos are visiting feeders along Beaconsfield Road
in Nanaimo.

Eight Great Blue Herons were seen flying over Beaconsfield Road in Nanaimo.

April 05:
A Varied Thrush was seen on the garden fence along Meridian Way in

A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen chasing an American Robin at a backyard in the
2100 block of Lancashire Avenue in Nanaimo. There were also six Varied
Thrush, Bushtits, Dark-eyed Juncos, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pine
Siskin, House Finch, Anna's Hummingbird and Bewick's Wrens in the same

Sunday April 04:
A male Mountain Bluebird was spotted perched on one of the fence posts at
the south end of the Nanaimo Airport in south Nanaimo.

A mostly albino American Robin was seen at the cross of Cypress Street and
St. Andrews Street near the railway track in Nanaimo.

The Mountain Bluebird was seen again on the estuary at the Nanaimo River
Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Saturday April 03:
A Mountain Bluebird, two Yellow-rumped Warblers, Three Red Crossbills, A
male Northern Harrier and a Short-eared Owl was being mobbed by two Crows at
the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Two Pileated Woodpeckers were seen along Sea Otter Place in Nanoose Bay.

A Steller's Jay and an Orange-Crowned Warbler were seen from a backyard on
Colbourne Street in Nanaimo.

A Canada Goose, Mallard, Bufflehead, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Virginia
Rail, Anna’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Downy
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Tree Swallow,
Violet-green Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, Marsh Wren,
American Robin, Varied Thrush, Bushtit, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,
European Starling, Cassin's Vireo, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill,
Pine Siskin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee,
Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird were seen and heard at
Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.

Orange-Crowned Warblers were seen drinking at the hummingbird feeders for
the past week along Cross Road in Nanoose Bay along with many female Rufous

Thursday April 01:
A Sooty Grouse was seen along the Westfield Range above Westwood Lake in

Five Greater Yellowlegs were seen catching small "bullheads" (sculpins) in
tide pools at low tide at the creek mouth in the northwest corner of Nanoose
Bay, off Rowland Road.

One female Ring-necked Pheasant was seen crossing Wall Beach Road at
Northwest Bay in Nanoose Bay.

Wednesday March 31:
A Mountain Bluebird was seen again today at the Nanaimo River Estuary, in
south Nanaimo..

Monday March 29:
A White-throated Sparrow was seen in the 100 block of Green Lane Crescent in

For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a
bird please
call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ 250-390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Arrowsmith Naturalists
Guest speaker: Karen Barry of Bird Studies Canada will present information
about several of the current surveys in which volunteers can participate.
Monday April 26, 2010 @ 7:30 pm.
Springwood School
The Nanoose Naturalists
Thursday May 13, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
Nanoose Library,
Nanoose Bay
Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Tuesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go
to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville
Beach.Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and
around the Oceanside area.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 13, 2010 will be going to Rathtrevor
Provincial Park in Parksville.
We meet the Parksville Beach Community Park at the parking area near the
Lions playground at 9 A.M. or at the main parking area at Rathtrevor at
about 9:15 A.M. Please note there are parking fees at the park.
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 18, 2010 will be going to Legacy Marsh in
Upper Lantzville.
We meet at The Backyard Bird Store at 9:00 A.M. or under the hydro lines
along Normarel Drive off Superior Road at about 9:15 A.M.

Good birding
Neil Robins

Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.1633 fax
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