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Thursday, 5 September 2019

Nanaimo Weekly Bird Report September 5, 2019

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

September 5, 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.

Sunday September 1:

There was no bird walk on Sunday for the long weekend.

Anna’s Hummingbird, female, photo by John Morrison

Tuesday September 3:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach. The weather was sunny and winds were calm. Not too much to see out on the water as we saw no loons, a few scoters and mostly Pelagic Cormorants. Along the shore we had good views of Black-bellied Plovers, Least and Western Sandpipers and Common Merganser that few by us just feet away.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty four (44) species:

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron


Green-winged Teal

Common Merganser

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Cooper’s Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Black-bellied Plover

Black Oystercatcher


Lesser Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Black Turnstone

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Mew Gull

Common Murre

Belted Kingfisher

Eurasian-collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Willow Flycatcher

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Warbling Vireo

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Savannah Sparrow

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Greater Yellowlegs, photo by Ralph Hocken.


Backyard Feeder Notes:

Suet is where all the action is in my backyard right now. There is constant activity with all the usual visitors. The seed feeders are starting to attract a few more species such as the House Finches who are now visiting in small flocks.

There have been more reports of Steller’s Jays about but sometimes when they have arrived in September they are only here for a short time and then disappear, heading back to the woods where the natural seed is abundant or somewhere else to find the natural seed.

I have also noticed the number of Dark-eyed Juncos and Spotted Towhees around my backyard is increasing and in the next month the number of Dark-eyed Juncos will increase more as they return to their wintering area.

Dark-eyed Junco, photo by Ralph Hocken

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 September 10, 2019:

Will be going to Englishman River Estuary, Shelley road. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am or at the end of Shelley road in Parksville at 9:10 a.m. 

The Sunday Bird Walk September 8, 2019:

Will be going to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer road. Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the Plummer road site, at the corner just by the start of the subdivision, at 9:20 am


Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

The Backyard

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

Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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