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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Nanaimo bird report, May 12, 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, May 12, 2013:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was cloudy with sunny periods. We heard and saw Cassin’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black Throated-grey Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler and Black-headed Grosbeak.  We were entertained by Swainson’s Thrush, Willow Flycatchers, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher and Western Tanager singing throughout the morning. 

Black-headed Grosbeak:  Ralph Hocken Photo.

Six birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species: 
Canada Geese, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Turkey Vulture,  Bald Eagle, Rufous Hummingbird,  Northern Flicker,  Pileated Woodpecker,  Common Raven, Northwestern Crow,  Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Red-breasted Nuthatch,  American Robin, Swainson’s Thrush,  European Starling, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cassin’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo,  Orange-crowned Warbler,  Black Throated-grey Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow,  Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and  Pine Siskin.    

A Black Headed Grosbeak was seen in a backyard along Meridian Way in Parksville. 

Saturday, May 11
A Sooty Grouse was spotted along Westwood Ridges in Nanaimo. 

Friday, May 10:
A Wilson’s Snipe was seen at the Cottonwood Golf Club in south Nanaimo.  
Thursday, May 09:
A Green Heron was spotted at the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer Road side in Parksville. 

Tuesday, May 07:
 The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds and the ocean was as smooth as glass. A singing Chipping Sparrow greeted us at the start of the walk. We saw several male Rufous Hummingbirds perched and then doing their courtship dives during the walk. We heard a Warbling Vireo singing near the river and then we had great views of him as he put in an appearance. Several Orange-crowned Warblers were spotted feeding near the trail. We caught a glimpse of a singing Yellow Warbler near the trail.  Over two hundred Brant were on the Strait of Georgia and fifty more flew in and landed near shore. Ten Pacific Loon, two Marbled Murrelet and one Pigeon Guillemot were on the Strait. Five Western Sandpipers, three Least Sandpipers, two Semipalmated Plovers, two Braid’s Sandpipers and one Greater Yellowlegs were feeding on the mud flats as the tide started to come in.
Eleven birders saw and heard the following fifty two Species:
Canada Geese, Brant, Mallard, Bufflehead, American Widgeon, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon,
Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Braid’s Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, California Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot, Rufous Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Brown-headed Cowbird, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, Red Crossbills,
House Finch and Pine Siskin. 

A pair of Red-tailed Hawks was seen at the south end of the Nanaimo Airport and near Adshead Road in south Nanaimo.  

Sunday, May 05:
A Western Tanager was seen in a backyard along East Wellington Road near Holland Avenue in Nanaimo.
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 14 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. We will meet at Parksville Bay next to the Lions Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at Kinkade Road on the forest side of Highway 19a at about 9:20 a.m.


 The Sunday Bird Walk on May 19, 2013, will be going to Linley Valley. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road off Lost lake 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 

6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
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