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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Nanaimo bird report, June 30, 2013



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 June 30, 2013: 

The Sunday bird walk went to Hemer Provincial Park in Cedar. The morning was sunny and hot however we welcomed the coolness in the forest.  We saw a large number of Cedar Waxwing looking like a flock of Swallows hawking insects over the lake all morning.  We heard a Wilson’s Warbler singing near the trail and then we were entertained as he put on a show for us as he tried several times to capture a bug from a folded leaf until he was successful.

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:

Mallard, Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Rufous Hummingbird,  Northern Flicker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher,  Willow Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow,  Common Raven,  Barn Swallow,  Cliff Swallow,  Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Red-breasted Nuthatch,  Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Bushtit, Swainson's Thrush,  American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler,  Common Yellowthroat,  Western Tanager,  Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco,  Red-winged Blackbird,  American Goldfinch, Purple Finch and House Sparrow.


Wilson’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 


Saturday, June 29:

A Great Horned Owl was seen just off Dickinson Road in north Nanaimo.


Tuesday June 25:

The morning was mostly cloudy, but no rain.  We were fortunate to see a Cooper's Hawk perched atop a tall evergreen, receiving quite a scolding from a crow.  

 17 birders (including visitors from Seattle) saw or heard 38 species.

Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow,, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, Swainson's Thrush, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Cassin’s Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow,

Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Tanager, Dark-eyed Junco, Brown-headed Cowbird,

Purple Finch, American Goldfinch and Black-headed Grosbeak.


 Olive-sided Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.


A very special thanks to Rhonda, Paul and John for leading the Birdwalk.


Monday, June 24:

Rare bird alert-Rose-breasted Grosbeaks”

A pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks has been seen visiting feeders in a yard at the top of Argyle Street just off 17th Street in Port Alberni. Photo’s to follow.


Cedar Waxwings were seen in the Marsh behind Oliver Woods Rec. Center in Nanaimo.


Thursday, June 20:

A Pair of Bullock’s Orioles were seen in the west marsh of Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.


Monday June 10:

A Barred Owl was spotted in the Stephenson Pont area of Nanaimo.


Sunday, June 09:

Two Barred Owls were seen at Bowen Park 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.

We will not be doing the Tuesday Bird Walks over the summer months.  They will resume on September 03, 2013

The Sunday Bird Walk on July 07 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 in upper Lantzville. at about 9:15 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins




6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo B.C.


Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633





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