“Nanaimo bird report”
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Sunday Bird Walk, April 09, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. The morning was mostly cloudy with some sunny periods, the wind was very strong off the Strait of Georgia. We heard and then saw Savannah Sparrows in the grass, on short bushes and the top of a post near the trail.
Large numbers of Common Ravens were heard and seen throughout the morning. Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagle were seen high overhead. Three Western Meadowlarks were perched on the tall shrubs off the trail. We spotted a first of the season Purple Martin flying low near the trail. A Northern Harrier was hunting for prey just above the ground; it was seen for most of the morning.
Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-three species:
Great Blue Heron
Friday, April 07:
Four Western Bluebirds were seen at the Art Gallery Grounds on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 04:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. We were greeted at the beach by four Black Oystercatchers, hundreds of Brant, Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers feeding along the shoreline. Further offshore we saw hundreds of Common Murre, Mew Gulls, Thayer’s Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls in a feeding frenzy with Sea Lions stirring up the sea. A flock of singing Red Crossbills landed in a tree just off the trail giving us great views. Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets played hide and seek with us as they fed in the bushes near the trail. We spotted a Dark-eyed Junco in the forest with a mustache of nesting material. A flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers and two Orange-crowned Warblers were feeding just above us near the end of the walk. As we were doing the morning tally we spotted Bushtits in the bushes.
Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Nineteen birders including visiting birders from Calgary, St. Albert and Red Deer saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Black-bellied Plover & Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photos:
Monday, April 03:
A flock of Sandhill Cranes were seen flying north over Linley Valley in Nanaimo.
Sunday, April 02:
A Common Loon and a Red-necked Grebe in breeding plumage were seen near the Yellow Point Lodge in Cedar.
Bird Walks This Week:
The Tuesday bird walk on April 11, 2017 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on April 16, 2017 is cancelled due to the Easter Sunday Holiday:
The Sunday bird walk on April 23 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the bird store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Morrell at about 9:15 a.m. off Nanaimo Lakes Road (look for the Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary sign).
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