The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk. Our first bird walks of the year are going out on Sunday February 4th and Tuesday February 6th. Locations will be posted to our next Bird Report.

Sunday 20 August 2017

Nanaimo bird report, August 20, 2017

Nanaimo bird report”
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To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail

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Sunday Bird Walk, August 20 2017
The Sunday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  The morning was sunny with calm winds.
Over twenty Steller’s Jays flew into the trees not far from the trail.  This is the first time we have seen the Jay’s for about two years—a great sight!  A large number of Killdeer, Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and a Semi-palmated Plover were seen on the mudflats. Thirty Common Mergansers were seen on the gravel bar just off shore. We spotted a lone White-winged Scoter flying just above the water, heading up the Strait of Georgia.  A Merlin flew in chasing a flock of Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers but left empty handed.  A Ring-necked Pheasant was seen along the Art Gallery fence and again just off the trail near the end of the walk.

Steller’s Jay: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Sixteen birders including a visiting birder from Seattle saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Common Merganser
White-winged Scoter
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semi-palmated Plovers
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Brown Creeper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Cassin’s Vireo
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
California Quail
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
                                                                    Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch 
Ring-necked Pheasant: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5, 2017.

The Sunday Birdwalk on August 27, 2017 will be going to the Buttertubs marsh in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the Bowen Road side of Buttertubs at about 9:15 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

314 Metral Drive
 Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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