The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Report
June 6, 2020
“EXPLORE NATURE”---GO BIRDING:
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Photo: Common Nighthawk (Faulkner)
Tuesday June 2, 2020
Barred Owl was heard along the Millstone River near Buttertubs Marsh.
Wednesday June 3, 2020
Common Nighthawks were seen over Lost Lake Road and Redmond Road.
Friday June 5, 2020:
Red-breasted Sapsucker, Brown Creeper and Swainson’s Thrush were seen and hear at Anders & Doritt Community Park on Jingle Pot Road, Nanaimo.
Photo: Red-breasted Sapsucker (J. Morrison)
Backyard Feeder Notes:
This week at my backyard feeders it has been busy with the Northern Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, House Finch and the return of the chickadees, nuthatch and Bewick’s Wren. A male Anna’s Hummingbird makes regular visits but it was the female Rufous Hummingbird that let me know it was not ok to take the feeder away. It was good to see the Rufous Hummingbird as this is the first I have seen in my backyard in the last couple of years, the Anna’s Hummingbirds seem to have taken over.
This week was the first reports of Common Nighthawks which are one of the last of the migrating birds to return.
Looking to find a new park or birding area. I stop by the Anders & Dorrit Community Park on Jingle Pot road to check out the birding. I have been here before many years ago when Anders took me around the property showing me where all the birds were nesting. It is a great little spot, just over 6 acres and is surrounded by farms, forest, the Millstone River and there is open grass area, great for lunch. A quick walk through I watch a Brown Creeper foraging, was reprimanded for being too close to a Bushtit Nest, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Western Tanager was singing were just a few. It’s a great place for a picnic but parking is limited.
The Sunday and Tuesday Bird Walks
Sunday Bird Walks will resume on June 14, Legacy March Lantzville
Tuesday Bird Walks will resume on June 16, TBA
Here is a list of birds seen at Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary on one of the Tuesday Bird Walk from July 2019. 37 species were seen and heard:
Great Blue Heron
Photo: Swainson’s Thrush (R. Hocken)