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Sunday, 28 April 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report                                                                                             
Nanaimo Bird Report, April 28, 2019


“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca.  Please 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, Legacy Marsh, April 28, 2019:The morning was sunny with a fresh breeze blowing. Eight species of warblers including Orange-crowned Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Wilson’s Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers, Yellow Warblers and a MacGillivray’s Warbler was seen during the walk. This includes all the species of warblers usually found on Vancouver Island. We heard and then saw Purple Martins high overhead.  Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagle and Red-tailed Hawks were seen above the trees. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted resting just off the trail. Cassin’s Vireos, Hutton’s Vireos and a Warbling Vireo were seen on the walk. A  Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted at the top of a snag off the trail.

 
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Ontario saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Canada Geese
Ring-necked Duck
Wood Duck
Hooded Merganser
Bufflehead
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northwester Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian-collared Dove
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Violet Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Cassin’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammonds Flycatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
Black-headed Grosbeak
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Saturday, April 27:
”RARE BIRD ALERT”
A Calliope Hummingbird  was seen at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

A Blue-winged Teal was spotted at Quesnel Lake In Cedar.

Friday, April 26: 
A Cassin’s Vireo was seen in Linley Valley in Nanaimo.


 Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 23, 2019: 
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds.  A Townsend’s Warbler was spotted at the start of the walk.   A Red-breasted Sapsucker was seen just off the trail.  A Hammond’s Flycatcher was heard  several times during the walk. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher, several Orange-crowned Warblers, a large number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, two Townsend’s Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler were seen high up in the tall trees near the trail.  Summer is on it’s way!



Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-seven birders including visiting birders from Saskatoon and Red Deer saw and heard the following fifty species:
Mallard
Bufflehead
Wood Duck
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Barred Owl
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Bonaparte Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tail Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Monday, April 22:  
A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen at the R.V. Park at Westwood Lake in Nanaimo. 

Saturday, April 20:
A Glaucous Gull was spotted off a BC Ferries east of Snake Island in the Strait of Georgia.

Please Note:
Check this site (
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!  

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 30, 2019 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at  about 9:10 am. 

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 05, 2019 will be going to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or the parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary ( off Wakasiah Road to Nanaimo lakes Road look for sign under Highway 19  to Morrell Sanctuary) at about 9:15 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com




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