“Nanaimo bird report”
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Sunday Bird Walk, April 23, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A singing Red-breasted Nuthatch welcomed us to the sanctuary. We heard Orange-crowned Warblers for most of the morning. We saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Townsend’s Warbler, not far from the trail. We had great views of a Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding just above the trail. A Cassin’s Vireo was heard singing its unique song as we walked the trail. A Barred Owl was heard calling near the end of the walk. Several Turkey Vultures were seen high overhead.
Black-throated Gray Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Bald EagleBarred Owl
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Saturday April 22:
A Short-billed Dowitcher, a Townsend’s Solitaire, Eight Western Sandpipers, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwings and a Hermit Thrush were seen along the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer Road side in Parksville.
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 18:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out with heavy rains, but soon the sun was shining making for a pleasant morning. Four noisy Red-breasted Sapsuckers were seen moving throughout the tall trees at the start of the walk. Pileated Woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen all morning. A Black Swift, a Purple Martin and a Violet-green Swallow flew overhead. We saw six Townsend’s Warblers, one Black-throated Gray Warbler, numerous Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding in the tall Big-Leaf Maple Trees along the trail. We heard two Barred Owls calling to each other and then one flew just over our heads and landed in a nearby tree, giving us great views. We watched as several Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches unsuccessfully mobbed the owl. A Hermit Thrush was spotted on big stump near the trail. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen hawking insects throughout the morning. It was a very good Spring-time birding morning.
Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Great Blue Heron
Common RavenBlack Swift
Black-throated Gray Warbler
A male Rufous Hummingbird, two Chipping Sparrows, two White-crowned Sparrows and a Golden-crowned Sparrow were seen in the 6600 block of Nethen Road in Nanaimo.
Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
The Tuesday bird walk on April 25, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on April 30 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird & nature Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Regional Park, at about 9:20 a.m. Take Northwest Bay Road off Highway19 and exit on Stewart Road follow the signs to the Park.
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314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C. V9T-2L8