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Sunday, 5 May 2019


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.
The Sunday bird walk went to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny with a brisk wind.  A Barrows Goldeneye was seen at Morrell Lake. The sighting of the morning was a Western Tanager seen at top of a tall snag at the marsh, giving us great views. We heard and then saw both the Hammond’s Flycatcher and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher. A Black-headed Grosbeak was heard at the start of the walk. Many Orange-crowned Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, several Townsend’s Warblers, four Wilson’s Warblers, three Yellow Warblers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen on the walk. A  Hutton’s Vireo, a Cassin’s Vireo and a Warbling Vireo were seen during the morning.

  Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders saw and hear the following thirty-eight species:

Barrows Goldeneye


Bald Eagle

Common Raven

California Quail

Hairy Woodpecker,

 Red-breasted Sapsucker

Rufous Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Brown Creeper

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 Pacific Wren

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Hermit Thrush

Western Tanager

Hutton’s Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Common Yellowthroat

 Orange-crowned Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-headed Grosbeak

Spotted Towhee

Purple Finch

Brown-headed Cowbird

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco.

Pine Siskin

Red Crossbill

Saturday, May 04:  

A Western Tanager was seen behind Brockwood Marsh in Lantzville.

Friday, May 03:

 A Black-headed Grosbeak was seen at the Morrell Circle in Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo.

A Western Tanager was seen along the Power Line at Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.    


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 30, 2019: 

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 30, 2019 went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds.  We were greeted with the sighting of Rufous Hummingbirds at the start of the walk and they entertained us for most of the morning.  We heard a Red-breasted Sapsucker’s musical tapping on tree trunk from the forest.   A small flock of Baird’s Sandpipers were seen along the incoming tide.  A very large flock of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers were running along the estuary giving us great views.  Red-neck Grebe, Surf Scoters, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen on the Strait of Georgia. 


Rufous Hummingbird: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from Australia, Ontario and Alberta saw the following fifty-eight species:

Canada Geese

Green-wing Teal


Harlequin Duck

Red-neck Grebe


American Wigeon

Surf Scoter

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Pacific loon

Common Loon

Pelagic Cormorant

Short-billed Dowitcher

Baird’s Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

Black Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover



Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

California Gull

Mew Gull

Bonaparte Gull


Glaucous-winged Gull

Caspian Tern

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian-collared Dove

Rufous Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Violet-green Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch


Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

American Goldfinch

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin    A

Monday, April 29:

 Rare Bird Alert: A Calliope Hummingbird was spotted in a backyard feeder in Comox.

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 May 07, 2019 will be going to Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the trail head on Industrial Way and Tuan Road in Parksville about 9:10 am. 

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 12 2019 will be going to The Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or the parking area about one hundreds past the four way stop on Power Point Road( take Northwest  Bay Road to Power Point Road) 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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