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Tuesday, 9 November 2021

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

November 9, 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.

Brant (R. Hocken)

Tuesday November 9, 2021:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The weather was cloudy with the odd sunny break, odd showers with strong winds and heavy rain at the end. A few highlights from the walk were, Cooper’s Hawk that buzzed one of the birders as it flew past at eye level. Hutton’s Vireo was seen, and we had a close look at Black Turnstones on a log up close to the trail as the tide was high and the waves were crashing the shore.

11 Birders saw and heard the following 25 species:



Bald Eagle

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Short-billed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Black Turnstones

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hutton’s Vireo

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Spotted Towhee

Fox Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Pine Siskin

Redhead (J. Morrison)

Monday November 6, 2021:

Redhead continues in the southeast corner at Diver’s Lake in Nanaimo.

Sunday November 7, 2021:

The Sunday Bird Walk was going to go to the Nanoose Bay Estuary, but the wind and heavy rain canceled our plans.

Here is a list of what was seen at the Nanoose Estuary on a past walk from October 29, 2017.

26 birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:

Canada Geese

Northern Pintail
American Widgeon

Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Barrow’s Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon
Pacific Loon

Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk

Short-billed Gull
California Gull
Iceland Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

American Crow
Common Raven

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Brown Creeper

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco 

Hutton’s Vireo (R. Hocken) 

Sunday November 7, 2021:

Townsend’s Warbler continues to visit a backyard suet feeder in the hospital area, Honeysuckle Terrace and Forest drive.

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 16, 2021

This Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to 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 meet at the parking lot on Admiral Tryon Blvd at 9:15 am, weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk November 14, 2021

The Sunday Bird walk will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Raines Road at 9:20 am. Weather Cooperating 

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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