The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Report
June 17, 2019
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
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Sunday June 16:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Weather was sunny breaks and the winds were calm. Our first sighting was a Pied-billed Grebe sitting on a nest in the middle of the marsh, along with Wood Ducks, Mallards and a couple of Western Painted Turtles sunning on a log. A highlight on the seeing the Yellow-warbler nest and how hidden the adult was sitting on the nest.
Yellow Warbler, photo by John Morrison
Thirteen birders include a guest from Mexico saw and heard the following thirty seven Species:
Eurasian Collared Dove
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tuesday June 11:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer road side. The weather was sunny and winds were calm. The birds were cooperating with some good looks at American Goldfinch, Anna’s Hummingbird, and Cedar Waxwing. One exciting moment was watching a Bald Eagle attack a flock of Common Merganser ducklings and seeing the power as the eagle hovered above like a hummingbird.
Killdeer, photo by Ralph Hocken
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty one (41) species:
Great Blue Heron
Friday June 14:
A pair of Evening Grosbeak’s was seen at a backyard feeder near Cathers Lake and Westwood road.
Saturday June 15:
Common Nighthawks were heard flying over Living Forest Campground.
Sunday June 16:
Olive sided Flycatcher was seen at Rathtrevor beach on a small snag to the left of the children's climbing/slide nearest the beach.
Backyard Feeder Notes:
The juvenile birds have been the entertainment lately. Young chickadees are about and along with all the Pine Siskins and goldfinch the feeders are busy. Mother Downy Woodpecker brought her young along and showed him the suet feeder which was interesting to watch how cautious he was learning this new thing. We are receiving reports of more hummingbirds visiting the feeders again which is a sign the young Rufous are fledging, but I have noticed when it is hot and dry once the hummingbirds have finished their nesting they head to the alpine areas quickly. We will watch and see if that happens this year.
Cedar Waxwings have returned as well as Common Nighthawks, which I heard my first ones this past Saturday evening over the Living Forest Campground.
With summer here remember to provide a water source and change your hummingbird feeders every two or three day and give the feeders a cleaning at the same time.
Downy Woodpecker – female, photo by Ralph Hocken
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 June 18, 2019 will be going to the Springwood Park at the end of Despard avenue. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the dead end of Despard Avenue about 9:10 a.m.
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 23, 2019 will be going to Hemer park in Cedar. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at the end of Hemer road about 9:20 am.