Monday, 29 June 2020


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report
June 29, 2020

“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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Photo: Yellow-headed Blackbird female (k. White)
Friday June 26, 2020:

A female Yellow-headed Blackbird was seen in the marsh at the end of Fielding Road and behind Blue Heron Crescent.

Tuesday June 23, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Top Bridge Trail. The weather was sunny and a light breeze. At the start of the walk we had great views of a Willow Flycatcher and Black Swifts that flew over.

7 birders saw and heard the following 36 species:
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Black Swift
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch (R. Bodaruk) 
Sunday June 28, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went out to Morden Colliery Historic Park south of Nanaimo at the end of Morden Road. Weather was sunny with strong winds. We had a great view of the Red-breasted Sapsucker and Black-headed Grosbeak in the parking lot and only heard the Red-eyed Vireo and Hutton’s Vireo.

10 birders saw and heard the following 25 species:
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Band-tailed Pigeon
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-eyed Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
European Starling
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Backyard Feeder Notes:
My Backyard feeders have been invaded by juvenile birds, flickers, chickadees, nuthatch, finches and starlings. The suet has been going quicker than usual with all the juveniles and I thought (blamed) it was mostly the starlings but after watching for a while I realized that the flickers were going through the suet just as quick. The House Finch still fit their way in amongst all the activity and I have also seen the occasional American Goldfinch visit. Nesting is continuing with second broods as the chickadees are back in the nest box.
Looking for a new place to walk and explore check out East Wellington Park located on East Wellington Road and Moxey Road where you will find a small parking area. This is a new park that is in the development stages with the City of Nanaimo. It is just over 29 acres of open field with the Millstone River on one side and a rocky escarpment on the southeast side with lots of vegetation.

The Backyard Bird Walks
Our bird walks go out Sunday mornings in Nanaimo and Tuesday mornings in Parksville and Qualicum Beach area, are easy walks that go for two to three hours (back for lunch is the plan). Bring binoculars and a field guide.
Please check our blog (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.
The Sunday Bird Walk
This Sunday Bird Walk will be taking a break until mid August. Check our blog for updates and weekly reports.
The Tuesday Bird Walk June 30, 2020
This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side, Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Tourist Information Center parking lot, located by Hwy 19A, Northwest Bay road and Franklin’s Gull road in Parksville, at 9:00 am or meet at the trail parking lot at the end of Shelly Road at 9:10 am.

Photo: Red-eyed Vireo (J. Purvis)

Good birding!
Colin Bartlett

The Backyard
Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
NEW WEBSITE: www.thebackyard.ca

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