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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Nanaimo Weekly Bird Report July 28, 2019




The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store



Nanaimo Bird Report

July 28, 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 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:



Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Canada Goose

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Glaucous-winged Gull

California Gull

Mew Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Pigeon Guillemot

Anna’s Hummingbird

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Northern Flicker

Pacific-sloped Flycatcher

Warbling Vireo

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bushtit

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee



Pigeon Guillemot, photo by Ralph Hocken







Thursday July25:

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:



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

Killdeer

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


Semipalmated 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 Lagoon.

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



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:

There will be no Bird Walk this Sunday August 4 long weekend.







Good birding!

Colin Bartlett







 



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6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669


Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
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