Wednesday, 2 September 2020

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report  September 2, 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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Northern Harrier (J. Morrison)

September 1, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary - Shelly Road. The weather was 20 degrees, sunny, no wind and the tide was out. A few highlights from the walk was, 4 Black Swifts seen flying above the parking lot to start the walk. A Warbling Vireo along with a Northern Harrier near the viewing mound and 3 Willow Flycatchers were seen by the Mills Street entrance to the estuary.

14 birders saw and heard the following 37 species:

Mallard

Common Merganser

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Northern Harrier

Black Oystercatcher

Glaucous-winged Gull

Black Swift

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Willow Flycatcher

American Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Warbling Vireo

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Pacific Wren

Bewick’s Wren

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red Crossbill

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin

House Sparrow

August 29, 2020:

Steller’s Jays are being reported this week in many areas in Nanaimo, Parksville and Ladysmith.

August 17, 2020:

A late report of a Ring-Necked Pheasant visiting a backyard multiple time in a week near Blood Creek and Dickenson Road in Lantzville.


Warbling Vireo (J. Morrison) 

Sunday August 23, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Maki Road Trail. It was a beautiful sunny morning, tide was out and the winds were calm. Some highlights from the walk were 2 Greater Yellowlegs seen along the river’s edge, Barn Swallows seen feeding over the estuary and a Warbling Vireo along with 3 species of warblers.

12 birders saw and heard the following 39 species:

Mallard

American Wigeon

Canada Goose

Great Blue Heron

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Glaucous-winged Gull

Eurasian Collared Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Willow Flycatcher

Common Raven

American Crow

Steller’s Jay

Warbling Vireo

Barn Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Marsh Wren

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin

Backyard Feeder Notes: 

Visits to my backyard feeder have slowed a little but that is common for this time of year. Suet is still popular with the flickers, chickadees, nuthatches and Bushtits. What is new for me this time of year are the few starlings that are also visiting. Usually by mid August the starlings are gone and I don’t see them until the first heavy frost or snow. I have been watching the suet to see if any different visitors arrive such as Western Tanager or any of the warblers. It’s interesting to see something different once and a while.

You may notice an increase in raptors visiting your backyard over the next month as some begin to move south. We usually see an increase in calls now about Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper’s Hawks visiting backyards looking for food. If suddenly there are no birds at your feeders one day it’s a good chance that there is a predator in the area. Once the birds move away for safety so will the predator.

Water is still a big attraction for the birds especially since it looks like it is going to be dry for the next couple of weeks. Keep that water supply clean and fresh.



European Starling – molting into winter plumage (R. Hocken)

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.

Covid-19 Precautions

·        Please do not attend if you have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

·        Do not attend if you have been sick or in contact with someone possibly sick in the last 14 days.

·        Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

·        Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.

The Tuesday Bird Walk

September 8

Will be going to the Rathtrevor Provincial Park,

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 at the #1 parking lot by the beach entrance at 9:10.

The Sunday Bird Walk

September 6

NO BIRD WALK THIS LONG WEEKEND

 

Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

NEW WEBSITE: www.thebackyard.ca


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