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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Vancouver Island Weekly Bird Report - September 12 2018

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Weekly Bird Report
September 12, 2018
BIRD REPORT“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.caPlease remember, when reporting a sighting to leave your name and phone number along with the date the species was seen and location of your sighting.
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Sunday Bird Walk, September 9, 2018

The Sunday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer road side. The morning was breezy with rain showers. Three hardy, or foolish, birders went out and saw 28 species. One of our highlights was watching an Anna’s Hummingbird put the run on a Cooper’s Hawk by the viewing platform. Also had some good views of American Pipits, about 20, flying around the edge of the mud flats.


Three birders saw and heard the following twenty eight species:
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Mallard
American Widgeon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
California Quail
Eurasian Collared Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
American Pipit
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee

Turkey Vultures are moving south and we have received reports from Black Creek to Chemainus. Watch for them as after September we won’t see them till next year.

We are hearing House Finches are busy at many backyard feeders right now and we are seeing flocks of Bushtits visiting the suet feeders.



Whimbrel: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Tuesday bird walk Parksville/Qualicum Beach
September 11, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and calm. At the start of the walk we were rewarded with a mix of over 60 Black Swift and Vaux’s Swift circling high above. Many of them were seen throughout the walk. There was also a Whimbrel on the mudflats. An American Pipit landed within 10 feet of us, giving great views. Several American Goldfinch were flying among the trees and a Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler and Common Yellowthroat were also spotted.

9 birders saw and heard the following 49 species:
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great-blue Heron
Black Oystercatcher
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Whimbrel
Greater Yellowlegs
Killdeer
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bewick’s Wren
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch



The Sunday Bird Walk on September 16, 2018 will be going to the Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Buttertubs Drive at the marsh entrance.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on September 18, 2018 will be going to the Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.


Good birding, Colin

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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