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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Nanaimo bird report, Jult 06, 2014


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, July 06, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Hemer Park in Cedar. The morning was cloudy with light showers but we did have a few sunny periods. We spotted a Barred Owl after we spotted an American Robin mobbing him.  A Western Tanager caught our attention as it flew into the bushes.  We had great looks at two Pacific-slope Flycatchers in the Cedar Trees.

Barred Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Three birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Barred Owl, Turkey Vulture, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Blue Heron, Rufous Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher,  Willow Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow,  Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin,  Barn Swallow,  Cliff Swallow,   Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Red-breasted Nuthatch,  Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler,  Wilson’s Warbler,  Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager,  Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco,  European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, House Finch and  House Sparrow. 

Pacific-sloped Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

An American Pipit was seen in a backyard in the Parkland subdivision in Nanaimo. 

Friday, July 04:
Two Greater Yellowlegs and forty Least and Western Sandpipers were seen on the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville 

.A Western Tanager, a Cedar Waxwing, an American Goldfinch and a Black-headed Grosbeak were seen at the Bluff in Linley Valley west. 

Wednesday, July 02:
Thirty-seven American White Pelicans were seen flying over the south end of Chesterman Beach in Tofino. 

A white Common Raven (who looks huge, because of his color) was seen flying just west of the traffic circle at Memorial Drive and Rupert Street in Qualicum Beach.


Tuesday, July 01: 

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was very warm but cooled in the forest.  We saw and heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler  as it was feeding high up in the canapĂ©.  We watched a family of Chestnut-backed Chickadees feeding high up near the top of the trees. Several Brown Creepers were spotted climbing and feeding along the trunks of the trees. Willow Flycatchers were singing from the top of the shrubs near the road. There were Common Yellowthroats as we walked along the road. 


Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Bushtit, Swainson's Thrush,
American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, McGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Brown-headed Cowbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.  

Saturday, June 28:
 A male and female Bullock’s Oriole was seen in the west marsh of Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. 

Saturday, June 21:
A Spotted Sandpiper was seen in Biggs 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. 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 July 09, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at Parksville Bay Community Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.



The Sunday bird walk on July 13, 2014 will be going to Neck Point in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or the parking lot at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:30 a.m.


British Columbia rare bird alert link---

WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/


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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