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Sunday, 14 April 2019


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report
Nanaimo Bird Report, BIRD REPORT --  April 14, 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, April 14, 2019
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This week’s Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.  The weather was sunny with calm winds. A
Northern Shrike was spotted at the start of the walk. A Short–eared Owl was seen perched in a tree. Three Turkey Vultures were circling overhead. Violet-green Swallows, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Northern Rough-wing Swallows and Common Ravens were see over head all morning. Savannah Sparrow were heard and then seen close to the trail. A Orange-crowned Warbler was spotted close to the trail.
Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Fourteen Birders including two visiting birders from Alberta saw and heard the following thirty species:

Brant

Canada Geese

Great Blue Heron

Mallard

Common Mergansers

Green-winged Teal

Bald Eagle

Short-eared Owl

Northern Shrike

Turkey Vulture

Glaucous-winged Gull

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

Northwester Crow

Violet-green Swallows

Barn Swallows

Tree Swallows

Northern Rough-wing Swallow

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Bewick’s Wren

Orange-crowned Warbler

White-crowned Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Juncos

 Purple Finch




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 09, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary. The morning was sunny and delightfully spring-like.   The main highlights were a pair of Virginia Rail who gave us several great views, and a male and two female Mountain Bluebirds, with one of the females wide open in the sunshine showing herself to her best advantage.  A Barred Owl was heard.

Twenty-four birders saw and heard the following sixty-three species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoters
Green-winged Teal
Gadwall
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Northern Shoveler
Harlequin Duck
Common Loon
Common Goldeneye
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Killdeer
Violet-green Swallow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downey Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Band-tailed Pigeon
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit
American Robin
Brown Creeper
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
California Quail
Virginia Rail
Mountain Bluebird
Hutton’s Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-winged Blackbird 
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow



Mountain Bluebird: Ralph Hocken Photo:





Good Birding,

David, Linda Prud’homme and Callie Larson.



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 16, 2019 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despaird Avenue Parksville at about 9:10 am.



There will be no Sunday Bird Walk on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019:



Good Birding

Neil Robins



6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Email: thebackyard @shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com






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