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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Nanaimo bird report, June 16, 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, June 16, 2013:

The Sunday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  It was partly sunny and quite warm.  Common Yellowthroats were singing just off the road. A female American Kestrel was perched on a hydro line over the meadows. We head a Red-eyed Vireo singing for the longest time but we couldn’t get sight of him.  We spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk perched high in a snag to finish the walk.

 American Kestrel: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Twelve birders including two visiting birders from Seattle saw and heard the following forty-six species:

Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, California Quail, Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Common Nighthawk, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Bushtits, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, McGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Brown-headed Cowbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin and Red Crossbill. 


Saturday, June 15:

 Common Nighthawks were seen over Morell Circle in Nanaimo.


A large number of Cedar Waxwings were seen in the 7200 block of Aulds Road in Nanaimo.


Thursday, June 13:

 A Three-toed Woodpecker, A Gray Jay and Band-tailed Pigeon were seen at Paradise Meadows at Mount Washington.


A Common Nighthawk, a Dark-eyed Junco and Red Crossbills were seen at Miracle Beach


Wednesday, June 12:

A Black Swift and a Red-breasted Sapsucker were seen at Sproat Lake.


Tuesday, June 11:

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was mostly cloudy with a few sunny periods. We were entertained by watching all of the many Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds at the feeders near the caretaker’s house.  A pair of Downy Woodpeckers was feeding at the suet feeders there.  A Pileated Woodpecker led us through the first part of the walk, first by chopping on a stump and then leading us for a long distance along the trail, feeding on the ground.  Our scopes gave us great views of a Townsend's Warbler singing at the top of a very tall conifer tree. We saw a lone Marbled Murrelet on the Strait of Georgia riding the waves. We spotted a Varied Thrush feeding in the grass at the meadow.  A Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Black-throated Gray Warbler, a Cedar Waxwing, a Red-winged Blackbird and a Yellow-rumped Warbler appeared at the marsh to put on a display for us.


             Black-throated Grey Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.  


Twenty birders, including two visiting birders from Ohio saw and heard the following thirty-five species:

Canada Geese, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Marbled Murrelet, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird,

Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Brown Creeper, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren,

Swainson’s Thrush, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Western Tanager, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco and American Goldfinch. 


 A Black and White Warbler was reported at Spider Lake but there are no confirming photos.

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 June 18, 2013 will be going to the Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. We will meet at Parksville Bay next to the Lions Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at Lot Ten on the forest side of Highway 19a at Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:30 a.m.


The Sunday Bird Walk on June 24, 2013, will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. We will meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Road at about 9:15 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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