The Backyard Wildbird and Nature
Sunday July 28:
The Sunday Bird Walk
went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The weather was sunny with a stiff wind out
of the north. It was a little quiet on the walk and not much singing happening
now. On the water most of the birds were Double-crested Cormorants with a few
Pelagic Cormorants, a single Pigeon Guillemot and four species of gull. As we
ended the walk our last bird or parking lot bird was a Warbling Vireo.
10 birders including
visitors from Palm Springs California heard and saw the following 25 species:
Great Blue Heron
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Pigeon Guillemot, photo by Ralph Hocken
Long-billed Dowitchers were still being seen at the Marshall Stevens estuary
in Qualicum Beach. They were located at the north end in a mud channel near the
beach parking area.
Tuesday July 23:
3 – Common Nighthawks were seen in the
French Creek area.
Tuesday July 23:
On July 23rd
the Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer road side of the Englishman River
Estuary. The morning was sunny and winds light. A few highlights of the walk
was watching an adult Cedar Waxwing feeding 4 young, a mixed flock of Least and
Western Sandpipers working the river edge feeding and a family of mink.
Eight birders saw and
heard the following thirty seven (37) species:
Great Blue Heron
Plover, photo by Ralph Hocken.
Sunday July 21:
Approximately a dozen
of each, Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstone were seen at the north
end of Admiral Tyron blvd in French Creek.
A couple reports from
earlier this month that we have received:
June 30, Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at Pipers
June1, a Lazuli Bunting was seen in a backyard
in Comox BC, in the area of Anderton road and Ryan road.
Backyard Feeder Notes:
Where have the Pine Siskin’s and American
Goldfinch gone? Activity at the backyard feeders is a little quieter and it is
especially noticeable without the siskins and goldfinch. Some of this quietness
is still to do with nesting as the birds finish off their second broods. Others
have finished nesting and have moved on to the availability of natural seeds. Chickadees
and Bushtits have finished their second broods and are visiting the feeders but
it will be interesting to see if the chickadees try for a third clutch, although
the two other times I have seen them try in my backyard they were unsuccessful.
Although opposite of what we are always told I
find August is a good time to put our suet for the birds (if you don’t already
have it out) and not have to worry about the starlings. This time of year the
starlings are flocking together and feeding on insects and berries that are
plentiful and I find they do not bother the suet.
With the hot summer days remember to change
the sugar water in you hummingbird feeder a couple times a week or more,
especially if it is in the sun for part of the day. Also give them a good
cleaning each time and remove and mold.
Anna’s Hummingbirds - female, photo by Steen Petersen
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: July 30
Will be going to the Little
Qualicum Fish Hatchery. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions
Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am or at the Fish Hatchery
(Follow Claymore Road to the entrance to the
Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery (2.4 Km from highway 19a to the entrance to
the fish hatchery just after crossing the bridge over Whiskey Creek) at
about 9:20 a.m.
The Sunday Bird Walk:
There will be no Bird Walk this Sunday August 4 long weekend.
The Backyard Wildbird
and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8