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Sunday, 12 May 2019


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store Weekly Bird Report

Nanaimo Bird Report, March 31, 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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BIRD REPORT, May 12, 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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The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was mostly sunny with a calm winds. We spotted an American Goldfinch at the start of the walk. A Western Tanager was seen just above the trail giving us great views. A Downy Woodpecker was just off the trail looking for food. Orange-crowned Warbler’s, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warble and Yellow Warbler were seen along the trail. A Townsend’s Warbler put on a show for us right above the trail. We spotted a Bushtits nest with a Bushtit next to it at the end of the walk.

 
Yellow Warbler : Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Wood Duck
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Northwester Crow
Band-tailed Pigeon
Common Raven
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
 Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hammond’s Flycatcher 
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
American Robin
Violet-green Swallow
Swanson’s Thrush
Western Tanager
 Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Purple Finch
Song Sparrow
Bushtit
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk:
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 07, 2019 went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  Chipping Sparrows were seen at the start of the walk.  A Wilson’s Warbler was spotted low in the bushes near the trail.  We had the good fortune seeing a MacGillivray’s Warbler landing in a tree right next to the trail, giving us great views.  Many Hammond’s Flycatchers, several Pacific-slope Flycatchers, a Warbling Vireo and a Cassin’s Vireo were heard and then seen on the walk.  Two first of the season Vaux’s Swifts were seen high overhead.  A Swainson’s Thrush was heard calling.  Orange-crowned Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler were seen on the walk. A MacGillivray’s Warbler put on a singing show near the end of the walk.  The songs of spring abounded!
 
  MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw the following thirty-seven species:

Canada Goose

Turkey Vulture 
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird 
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow 
Tree Swallow
Vaux’s Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren 
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush 
California Quail
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler 
MacGillivray’s Warbler 
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow 
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Brown-headed Cowbird 
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin


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 14, 2019 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at Kinkade Road on the forest side of highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 19, 2019 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Park Road at about 9:15am.

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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