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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Nanaimo Weekly Bird Report: July 24, 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

July 24, 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.

Long-billed Dowitcher, photo by Ralph Hocken

Sunday July 14:

4 – Long-billed Dowitchers were 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.

Saturday July 20:

100 plus Common Nighthawks were seen feeding in the area of Harry Whipper Park on Hammond Bay road.

Sunday July 21:

Approximately a dozen of each, Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstones were seen at the north end of Admiral Tyron blvd in French Creek.

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.

Cedar Waxwing, photo by John Morrison

Eight birders saw and heard the following thirty seven (37) species:

Common Loon

Canada Goose

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Common Merganser

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Semipalmated Plover

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Glaucous-winged Gull

California Gull


Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Willow Flycatcher

Pacific-sloped Flycatcher

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Bewick’s Wren

Warbling Vireo

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Western Tanager

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Backyard Feeder Notes:

Chickadees have been busy at the store feeders in the last couple of weeks, especially on the peanuts. With the amount of chickadee activity the second broods may have already fledged. Along with the chickadees there have been reports of Red-breasted Nuthatches frequenting the feeders.

Rufous Hummingbirds seem to have finished nesting and left as sightings of them are fewer. This is also happening with the swallows.

We have recently received reports of Black-headed and Evening Grosbeaks visiting backyard feeders.

As nesting comes to an end the birds will begin to flock for the upcoming fall and winter months. This can already be seen with the European Starlings and watch for the chickadees and finches to do the same.

Anna’s Hummingbirds - female, photo by Steen Petersen

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: 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: July 28

Will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at Neck Point Park about 9:15 am.


Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669


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