Saturday, 17 October 2020


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

October 17, 2020

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 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.

Marbled Godwit (J. Morrison)


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

Friday October 16, 2020:

Pair of Ruffed Grouse was seen at Taylor Walk in Little Qualicum River Village.

Thursday October 15, 2020:

A Virginia Rail was seen on the south east side of the marsh on Linley Valley Drive in Nanaimo.

Tuesday October 13, 2020:

Unfortunately the Tuesday Bird Walk was cancelled due to weather.

Monday October 12, 2020:

Pair of Marbled Godwit’s was seen at Deep Bay.

Sunday October 11, 2020:

There was no Sunday Bird Walk over the Thanks’ Giving long weekend.

Canvasback (J. Morrison)

Saturday October 17, 2020:

Pair of Canvasback’s and a Ruddy Duck was seen at Morningstar Ponds in French Creek.

Ruddy Duck (J. Morrison)

 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 ( 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

October 20

Will be going to the Englishman River Estuary  – Shelly Road

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 end of Shelly Road in Parksville at 9:10am.

The Sunday Bird Walk

October 18

Will be going to the Maki Road Trail

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or meet us at the end of Maki Road at 9:20 am. 

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store



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