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Thursday, 24 September 2020

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

September 24, 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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Common Tern (R. Hocken)

NOTICES

Access to the Nanaimo River Estuary by Raines Road is closed due to Covid concerns.

Thursday September 24, 2020:

A large flock of Sandhill Cranes were seen flying south over the area of Aulds Road and the Parkway.

Tuesday September 22, 2020:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Deep Bay. The walk started with sunny skies, calm breeze and cam waters by near the end of the walk the winds had picked up and the water was choppy. At the parking lot there were Vaux Swifts overhead, Orange-crowned Warbler, Parasitic Jaeger fly over and a Merlin. On the strait we saw 2 Parasitic Jaegers harassing the gulls, Common Tern, lots of Bonaparte’s Gulls, Pacific Loons and 3 species of Scoters, Surf, Black and White-winged.

16 birders saw and heard the following 55 species:

Canada Goose

American Wigeon

Mallard

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Merlin

Black Oystercatcher

Killdeer

Western Sandpiper

Parasitic Jaeger

Bonaparte’s Gull

Mew Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Tern

Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared Dove

Vaux Swifts

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Common Raven

American Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Brewer’s Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Graylag - domestic

Tuesday September 22, 2020:

A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen at Little Mountain Park in Parksville.

Sunday September 20, 2020:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Weather was sunny, calm breeze and the tide was high. Highlights from the walk were seeing a small flock of American Pipits land in front of us while on the board walk looking out at the strait. Also saw a Common Tern on the water and heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher. One observation was we saw and heard no finches during this walk, which was the same for the bird walk this time last year.

10 Birders saw and heard the following 38 species:

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

Common Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Merlin

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Black Oystercatcher

Black Turnstone

Spotted Sandpiper

Mew Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Tern

Anna’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Pacific-sloped Flycatcher

Common Raven

American Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco


Northern Pygmy Owl (J. Morrison)

Backyard Feeder Notes: 

The sparrows are beginning to return to my backyard with a flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows invading. It is a mixture of adults and juveniles working their way through the lawn and garden. Dark-eyed Juncos will be arriving soon as well, although there are some juncos that stay here year round. Other sparrows to watch for are Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow and Fox Sparrow. Bushtits are busy at the suet feeder with about a flock of 20 visiting a few times a day. We also have a regular flock of Bushtits visiting the store as well. House Finches are steady visitors to the sunflower seed feeder and we are hearing about Pine Siskin’s starting to arrive as well.

Where are the chickadees? Last year I was loaded with them at this time but this year none or very few, which lets us know that there is a good crop of natural seed this year for the birds to feed on. Birds feed on natural seed first and only use the bird feeders for supplementary feeding.


Golden-crowned Sparrow (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 29

Will be going to the Columbia Beach 

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 parking area on Admiral Tryon Blvd at 9:15 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk

September 27

Will be going to the Englishman River Estuary – Shelly Road 

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or meet us at the parking lot, end of Shelly Road in Parksville at 9:20 am.

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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