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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Nanaimo bird report, April 28, 2013


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, April 28, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was sunny and warm. We saw and heard Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Townsend's Warblers, Yellow Warblers and Wilson’s Warblers throughout the morning.

                    Yellow Warbler:: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species: 
Canada Geese, Harlequin Duck, Hooded Merganser,  Common Merganser,  Red-breasted Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle,  Black Oystercatcher,  Mew Gull,  Glaucous-winged Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker,  Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch,  Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet , Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow,  Golden-crowned Sparrow,  Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill,  Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch. 

Two Caspian Terns were seen on the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Canada Goose, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Hammond's, Flycatcher,  Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Steller's Jay, Common Raven,Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, House Wren, Pacific Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler,  Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, McGillivray’s Warbler, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin were seen along the power lines along the south edge of the City of Nanaimo.  

Saturday, April 27:
Golden –crowned and Lincoln's Sparrows, Townsend's Warblers   Black-throated Grey Warblers, Hermit Thrushes and a Hammond's Flycatcher were seen and heard along the Nanaimo River Road in south Nanaimo.  

Dark-eyed Juncos, a number of Golden-crowned Sparrows, Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-winged Blackbirds were seen along Haslam Road in south Nanaimo. 

Friday, April 26:
One Western Tanager and four Evening Grosbeaks were seen in Cinnabar Valley in south Nanaimo. 

Tuesday, April 23:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning started out cloudy and cool but soon turned sunny and warm. We spotted two American Dippers in the river. We saw and heard Yellow-rumped Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers throughout the morning. We also heard and then saw a Black-throated Grey Warbler feeding high up in a deciduous tree near the trail. A Chipping Sparrow was perched and singing low in the bushes near the trail. A Red-breasted Sapsucker caught our attention as it appeared to be working on a nesting hole.  He flew to a low tree not far from us and started feeding on the sap, giving us great views.  As he was rhythmically tapping on the tree one could imagine him pounding out the Morse Code!
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Brant , Mallard, American Widgeon, Surf Scoter , White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser , Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon , Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk,
Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Western Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow , Tree Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper , Pacific Wren, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Kinglet , American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Grey Warbler,Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbills and Pine Siskin.  

Sunday April 21:
Over three hundred Greater White-fronted Geese and over five hundred Brant were seen flying over Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. 


 Thursday, May 09:
Nanoose Naturalists meet at 7 p.m. at the Nanoose Library Hall on NW Bay Road.  The club looks  forward to a video presentation by photographer, Eric Pittman, on Hummingbirds of Vancouver Island at our next meeting; Visitors are welcome.  For more info, call Joe at 250-468-1728.


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 30, will be going to the Top bridge Trail in Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Bay next to the Lions Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area near Tuan Road and Industrial Way off Highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.


The Sunday Bird Walk on May 05, 2013, will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines along Normarel Drive Road off Superior Road in upper Lantzville at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins 

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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