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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Nanaimo Weekly Bird Report June23, 2019


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store



Nanaimo Bird Report

June 23, 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 June 23:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Hemer Park in Cedar. Weather was sunny with a bit of cloud and the winds were calm. The walk provides you with a diverse habitat with some open field, woods, marsh and the lake. The group got a great look at a Hutton’s Vireo and a Wilson’s Warbler that came to investigate the group.


Wilson’s Warbler, photo by John Morrison



Eight birders saw and heard the following forty two (42) species:



Mallard

Wood Duck

Hooded Merganser

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

California Quail

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pacific-sloped Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Violet-green Swallow

Tree Swallow

Hutton’s Vireo

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Marsh Wren

Bewick's Wren

Pacific Wren

Brown Creeper

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

Townsend’s Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Wilson ’s warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch



Tuesday June 18:

On June 18 the Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and winds light. Highlight of the walk was watching three American Kestrels in the field of Coldwater road. Also was able to observe a Willow Flycatcher and Chipping Sparrow in the same area. There were plenty of songs and calls happening on the walk through the woods with Swainson’s Thrush, Warbling Vireos and Orange-crowned Warblers.


American kestrel, photo by Ralph Hocken



Eight birders saw and heard the following Twenty eight (28) species:



Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

American Kestrel

Anna’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Pacific-sloped Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bushtit

Bewick’s Wren

Warbling Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin





Backyard Feeder Notes:

Not too much different happening at the backyard feeders. Juvenile birds about the yard and able to fend for themselves although when an adult shows up they beg to be fed. Watch your nest boxes as the birds will soon begin their second broods. A Bewick’s Wren has been hanging out singing near the nest box the chickadees used so it will be interesting to see who ends up nesting in it.

Water is always important and during the summer you may attract a few new visitors to your water source such as Cedar Waxwings, Western Tanager and warblers.







The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 25, 2019 will be going to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly road side. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am or at the end of Shelly road at 9:15 a.m. 

 

The Sunday Bird Walk:   there will be no Sunday Bird Walks until July 28, 2019. Please check back for the location.



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




Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

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