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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Nanaimo bird report, may 05, 2013


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

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, May 05, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.  The morning was sunny and warm. We watched a female
Rufous Hummingbird gathering nesting material. A Black Throated-grey Warbler caught our attention with his song and we spotted him on the top of a Big Leaf Maple Tree giving us great views. We also heard a MacGillivray’s Warbler singing and then saw him, after a lot of searching, on some short bushes under the Hydro Lines.

MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Fifteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:

Mallard, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Virginia Rail, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Purple Martin, Band-tailed Pigeon, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Marsh Wren, Pacific Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, European Starling, Cassin’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black Throated-grey Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, McGillivray’s Warbler, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.  

A Black Headed Grosbeak was seen in a backyard along Railway Avenue in Nanaimo. 

Wednesday, May 01:
A Violet-green Swallow was spotted sitting on the wire, preening himself in the 1800 block of Deerborne Place in the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo.

Monday, April 29:
A Mourning Dove was visiting a backyard feeder for most of the day along Meridian Way in Parksville.

Tuesday, April 30:

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with a cool wind, but turned sunny and warm. We saw an Orange-crowned Warbler and heard a Chipping Sparrow at the start of the walk. We heard and then had excellent views of a Cassin’s Vireo singing and feeding on a tree not far from the trail. Black-throated Gray Warblers were singing throughout the morning and one made an appearance late in the morning.
Chipping Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from Calgary saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Goose, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow , Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Band-tailed Pigeon, California Quail, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Cassin’s Vireo, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White - crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill, House Finch and Pine Siskin. 

Monday, April 29:

Six Red Crossbills are visiting feeders in a backyard in the Parkwood area of Nanaimo.

Sunday, April 28:

Four Golden-crowned Sparrows and two White-crown Sparrows were spotted in a garden in the Chartwell area of Qualicum Beach.

Sunday April 21:

Over three thousand 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 their 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 May 07 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at Parksville Bay next to the Lions Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.


The Sunday Bird Walk on May 12, 2013, will be going to Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or about 100 yards past the four way stop on Power Point Road (off Northwest Bay Road) about 9:20 a.m.




WildResearch is pleased to announce that WildResearch's Fall Pelagic Trip Fundraiser will run on Sunday September 15, 2013!

The upcoming pelagic trip will follow the same itinerary as WildResearch's previous pelagic trips; the ship we charter (M.V. Frances Barkley) will leave from the dock in Ucluelet BC at 7am on Sunday Sept 15, travel to La Perouse Bank, and return to Ucluelet at 2:30pm (on the same day). WildResearch's pelagic trips are a fantastic opportunity to view pelagic seabird species rarely seen from shore
click here for previous trip details and photos.

WildResearch will offer an early bird booking rate of $200 from April 1 - July 31 2013, after which the price will increase to $250. In addition to purchasing a ticket, all trip participants will be required to hold a current WildResearch membership at the time of the pelagic trip. For more details, see
membership information. Proceeds generated from the pelagic trip fundraiser will go towards running WildResearch’s research programs.

How to book:
Space on the boat is limited! We are providing this information to our current members in good standings, with a one-month advanced notification about the trip's date and an early opportunity to book the trip. WildResearch will begin advertising the pelagic trip trip beyond its membership by the end of April.

If you would like to guarantee your spot on the ship prior to public advertisement, please follow these instructions:

If your membership is active until Sept 15th, 2013:
·     purchase your early bird ticket ($200) using the below PayPal button OR by mailing a cheque made payable to WildResearch.
If your membership expires before Sept 15th, 2013:
·       purchase your early bird ticket ($200) using the below PayPal button OR by mailing a cheque made payable to WildResearch.
·       renew your WildResearch membership ($25 for students, $30 for non-students, active for 1 full year after purchase) using the PayPal button on our website click here to renew membership OR by mailing a cheque payable to WildResearch.
·        complete the required membership forms indicated on our website and email OR mail to WildResearch.
We are very excited about the fall pelagic trip! Looking forward to the great birding and an opportunity to meet with old friends, and make new ones. If you have any questions or inquires about the pelagic trip email us at: info [at] wildresearch [dot] ca.


Christine Rock
Vice President
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Good birding
Neil Robins

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Nanaimo B.C.
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