The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walks will be resuming on Tuesday September 5th and Sunday September 10th. Locations and more information in the most recent post.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Nanaimo bird report, July 10, 2011

Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.



Please remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone
number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at

Sunday July 10: 2011:
The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning
started out cloudy and cool but soon turned sunny and warm. The sounds of
Marsh Wrens and Common Yellow-throated were heard throughout the morning. We
observed a Pied-billed Grebe on its nest not far from shore at the start of
the walk.

Seven birders, including a visiting birder from Ontario, saw and heard the
following thirty-four species of birds:
Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture,
Bald Eagle, California Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird,
Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow,
Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Bewick's
Wren, Brown Creeper, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-headed
Grosbeak, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Swainson's Thrush,
American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Common
Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird,
American Goldfinch and House Sparrow.

Saturday July 09:
Fifteen Least Sandpipers in breeding plumage and a Greater Yellowlegs were
seen at the small tidal pond on the Columbia Beach side of French Creek.

A family of Chipping Sparrows is visiting a backyard along Ruby Crescent in

Chipping Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, a Pileated Woodpecker and a Downy
Woodpecker are visiting feeders in a backyard along Meridian Way in

Tuesday July 05:
A pair of Eurasian Collared Doves was seen near Divers Lake in Nanaimo.

Thursday June 29:
A Northern Harrier was being harassed by a flock of Ravens at the Nanaimo
River Estuary in south Nanaimo.
Two Vesper Sparrows were singing to each other at the south end of the
Nanaimo Airport. After the sparrows flew off a Male American Kestrel
landed on a tall post nearby for some good views.

Monday June 26:
A young Northern Flicker was being fed suet by it's parents in the 3400
block of Uplands Drive in Nanaimo.
Everyone is invited 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 season has come to a close. The bird walks will
resume on September 6, 2011. Have a great summer!
The Sunday Bird Walk on July 17 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in
Parksville. We will meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 A.M. or at the parking
lot along Industrial Road near Tuan Road at about 9:30 A.M
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8

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