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, 5 November 2021

Bird Report Oct. 27th


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Weekly Bird Report


Nanaimo Bird Report, October 27 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.


Please Note

Please check this site ( early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!


Thursday October 28, 2021:


3 Redhead and 2 Canvasback along with Gadwall, American Coots and Ring-necked Ducks were seen on Diver’s Lake in Nanaimo.

American Coot (R. Hocken)

Tuesday October 26, 2021:


The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road. The weather was good with clouds, some sunny breaks, and a light sprinkle. Some highlights from the walk were an American Kestrel feeding on dragonflies and providing a great view. Northern Shovelers in a back channel near the viewing mound and seeing Dunlin and Black-bellied Plover’s perch sided by side on a log.

13 Birders saw and heard the following 55 species:

Canada Goose


American Wigeon


Northern Shoveler

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Pelagic Cormorant

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Cooper’s Hawk


Virginia Rail

Black-bellied Plover

Black Turnstone


Short-billed Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Marbled Murrelet

Anna’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Ring-necked Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch


Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Varied Thrush

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brewer’s Blackbird

House Finch

Pine Siskin

Tuesday October 26, 2021:

An American Pipit, Western Meadowlark and Snow Geese were seen at Piper’s Lagoon.

Western Meadowlark (R. Hocken)

Sunday October 24, 2021:


The Sunday Bird Walk was unfortunately canceled due to the weather.

Dunlin (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. 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 2, 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 9:10 am, weather cooperating.


The Sunday Bird Walk October 31, 2021

The Sunday Bird walk will be going to the Neck Point Park again.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at Neck Point parking lot at 9:10 am. Weather pending.


Good birding!

Colin Bartlett

The Backyard

Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669





Please Note

Please check this site ( early Tuesday and Sunday mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!



6314 Metral Drive

Nanaimo B.C.V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633




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