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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Nanaimo bird report, April 27, 2014



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 27, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. The morning was cloudy with a stiff breeze blowing at the end of the walk.
There were many Violet-green Swallows, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and a Cliff Swallow flying low over the marsh. Two Red-breasted Sapsuckers put on a great show for us near the top of a tall snag. We saw Orange-crowned Warblers, Black Throated-grey Warblers Yellow-rumped Warblers and several Townsend’s Warblers feeding on a Cedar and Big Leaf Maple trees close to the trail giving us great views. We saw and heard a Pacific-sloped Flycatcher. We heard a Willow Flycatcher,  a Cassin’s Vireo, and a Warbling Vireo.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species: Canada Geese, Mallard,  Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck,  Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Wilson's Snipe,  Bald Eagle,  Cooper’s Hawk,  Anna’s Hummingbird,  Rufous Hummingbird,  Red-breasted Sapsucker,  Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker,  Pileated Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay,  Common Raven,  Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow,  Bushtits,  Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren,  Marsh Wren,  Pacific Wren,  Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Varied Thrush,  European Starling,  Cassin’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo,  Orange-crowned Warbler,  Black Throated-grey Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler,  Wilson’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Willow Flycatcher,  Pacific-sloped Flycatcher,  Spotted Towhee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow,  Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird,  Purple Finch,  American Goldfinch and Dark-eyed Junco. 

                                            Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Tuesday, April 22:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. We were greeted with the sound of Chipping Sparrows singing as we started the walk. Rufous Hummingbirds caught our attention throughout the morning and we spotted one Anna’s Hummingbird during the walk. We were royally entertained by a singing Cassin’s Vireo as he followed us along the trail, perching not far up on the trees once in a while to give us great views. We heard a Townsend's Warbler and a Willow Flycatcher singing in the distance. We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing high up in the deciduous trees just off the trail—again giving us more great views. Spring migration has arrived in Parksville.

                                            Black-throated Gray Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.     
Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Goose, Common Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, Glaucous-winged Gull, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bushtit, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Eurasian-collared Dove, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch. 

Monday, April 21:
A large Flock of American Wigeon, a Eurasian Wigeon and six male Northern Shoveler's were seen from a boat just south of Round Island (located just about a mile south from Dodd’s Narrows).

A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen in a backyard at the Little Qualicum Village.


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. on 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 29, 2014 will be going to The Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club playground at 9:00 am or at the end of Shelly Road of highway 19a at about 9:10 am. 


The Sunday bird walk on May 04 will be going to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at Morrell Sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:15 a.m. 


British Columbia rare bird alert link---


WildResearch link---

Spring Pelagic Seabird Trip Announced – May 11, 2014
WildResearch is pleased to announce that WildResearch's 2014 Spring Pelagic Seabird Trip will run on Sunday May 11, 2014! Proceeds generated from the pelagic trip fundraiser will go towards running WildResearch’s research programs.


West coast environment link--


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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