The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Report
June 28, 2022
“EXPLORE NATURE” --- GO
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
White-winged Scoter (R. Hocken)
Tuesday June 28, 2022:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road entrance of the Englishman River Estuary. Weather was sunny with a few clouds, light winds, and 18 degrees. A few highlights from the walk were two White-winged Scoters fly by, along with a couple of Black Oystercatchers. At least nine Black Swifts were above feeding, and we had great views of Cedar Waxwings.
13 birders saw and heard the following 45 species:
Great Blue Heron
Eurasian Collared Dove
Sunday June 26, 2022:
There was no Sunday Bird Walk this week.
Brown-headed Cowbird (R. Hocken)
Backyard Bird Notes:
The backyard suet feeders are busier these days with constant visits by Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Flickers, Pileated Woodpeckers and of course European Starlings. The suet feeders have been busy spring, and this may be due to the weather. With the cooler temperatures and wet weather there have been fewer insects for the birds to feed on, but now with the warmer temperatures we will begin to see more insect hatches and a few other species flying overhead. In the evenings watch for Common Nighthawks, a larger version of a swallow and feeds on insects. An easy identification marking is the white patch under each wing and listen for their sharp, raspy call while in flight. Also watch for swifts and swallows as well.
With the warmer weather your feathered friends are going to be in need of fresh water and providing a water source will attract many species. An easy way to attract birds to a water source is with the sound of moving water, such as adding a fountain. Also remember to change and clean your water source every day or two.
Also, as the temperatures increase your hummingbird feeder nectar will need to be changed and cleaned every two or three days, and if it gets hotter every day.
If you have any birds to report or need help identifying, just email or call the store, email@example.com or 250-390-3669, toll-free 1-888-808-BIRD (2473).
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 (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.
Do not attend if you feel ill. Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.
Tuesday and Sunday Bird Walk
The Tuesday and Sunday Bird Walks will be taking a break for the summer and will resume at a later date. Please check our blog or watch for an email later in the summer for updates.
For cancelled bird walks due to weather, please check The Backyard blog at www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com on the day of the bird walk. A notice will be up before 8:00am if there is a cancelation.
Good birding! Colin Bartlett