Project FeederWatch

Join Project FeederWatch

From November to April, participate in Project FeederWatch and help gather important information about where birds are or aren't. Sign up by donating to Birds Canada, and use their online tools or app to keep track of birds visiting in your area. It's completely voluntary and you can participate as much or as little as you like. You are not required to set up a bird feeder, just keep an eye out and track the birds you see.

Friday, 19 November 2021

Nanaimo Bird Report, November 19 2021


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store


Nanaimo Bird Report

November 19, 2021


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.

Snowy Owl (R. Hocken)

Friday November 19, 2021:

Snowy Owl has been seen on top of Garden Works nursery in Nanaimo.


Thursday November 18, 2021:

About 24 Anna’s Hummingbirds have been visiting a feeder on San Perial Drive in Parksville. We have had a few reports of an increase in hummingbird activity and numbers at the feeders lately.

 Tuesday November 16, 2021:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek. The weather was sunny with a cool breeze. A few highlights from the walk were, Long-tailed Duck, Marbled and Ancient Murrelet, Common Murre, Dunlin and Black-bellied Plover. There was a lot of bird activity on the water but also a few porpoises.

 10 Birders saw and heard the following 47 species:

Canada Goose

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

White-wing Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Red-neck Grebe

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Bald Eagle

Sharp-shinned Hawk



Black-bellied Plover


Bonaparte’s Gull

Short-billed Gull

California Gull

Thayer’s Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Murre

Ancient Murrelet

Marbled Murrelet

Rock Pigeon

Anna’s Hummingbird

American Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee


Golden-crowned Kinglet

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Pine Siskin

House Sparrow

Sunday November 14, 2021:

The Sunday Bird Walk was cancelled due to the heavy rain and winds.



Anna’s Hummingbird male (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. The walks are weather pending.

Please check our blog ( for any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

·         Do not attend if you feel ill.

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

·         Wear your mask when unable to maintain social distancing.

Thank you.


The Tuesday Bird Walk, November 23, 2021

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Englishman River Estuary – Plummer 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 meet at the trail head at Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at 9:10am.


The Sunday Bird Walk Cancelled this week

The Sunday Bird walk is cancelled this week but will resume on November 28.


Good birding!

Colin Bartlett




The Backyard

Wildbird and Nature Store

6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669



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