The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Report
September 11, 2019
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
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Sunday September 8:
The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer road in Parksville. The morning was overcast, winds were light and the tide was at a low and starting to come in. A few highlights of the walk were Cedar Waxwings, Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Harlequin Ducks.
Harlequin Duck, male & female, photo by Ralph Hocken
Seven birders saw and heard the following thirty eight (38) species:
Great Blue Heron
Tuesday September 10:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelley road side of the Englishman River Estuary. The weather was sunny and winds were calm. The walk started of quiet with Chestnut-backed Chickadees following us through the woods. Looking out on the estuary a Northern Harrier fly past a couple of times giving us great views. At the mouth of the estuary a Heerman’s Gull was seen on a gravel bar with the other gulls and a Long-tailed Jaegar was seen flying past. A couple other highlights were Virginia Rail and Yellow Warbler.
Nine (9) birders saw and heard the following thirty nine (39) species:
Great Blue Heron
Northern Harrier, photo by Ralph Hocken.
Backyard Feeder Notes:
The backyard feeders are still busy with the chickadees and nuthatches visiting. There are more reports of Steller’s Jays visiting feeders and more Dark-eyed Juncos showing up. there are also more House Finches visiting the feeders and in some areas the Pine Siskin’s have returned.
I have had a Song Sparrow regularly visiting my bird feeders which is early for m yard, usually it is not until October or November that they arrive.
Anna’s Hummingbirds are still busy visiting the feeders but with some of the activity that has been going on don’t be surprised if some juvenile birds start appearing. Last year I had young Anna’s Hummingbirds suddenly start visiting the hummingbird feeder in early November.
Song Sparrow, photo by Ralph Hocken
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Sunday Bird Walk September 15, 2019:
Will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at Neck Point Park at 9:10 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk September 17, 2019:
Will be going to Nanoose Bay estuary. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am or at the end of Nanoose Beach road, which is off Arlington road off of Hwy 19, in Nanoose at 9:15 a.m.
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