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Thursday, 2 June 2022

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

June 2, 2022

“EXPLORE NATURE” --- GO BIRDING:
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca. 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.
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Brown Creeper (J. Morrison)

Tuesday May 31, 2022:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The weather was overcast with a short rain shower and 14 degrees. A few highlights from the walk were, three species of flycatchers Olive-sided, Willow’s, and Pacific Slope. Lots of Yellow Warblers were singing by the marsh and Black Swifts were overhead feeding. We also were entertained by the juvenile Pacific Wrens being fed by the parents.

18 birders saw and heard the following 34 species:

Canada Goose

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Black Swift

Anna’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Warbling Vireo

Common Raven

American Crow

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Pacific Wren

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin


MacGillivray’s Warbler (J. Morrison)

Sunday May 29, 2022:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The weather was cloudy and 14 degrees. A few highlights from the walk were, Blue-wing Teal seen by the Osprey stand, along with Purple Martins checking out the nest boxes. Female Wood Duck and ducklings were seen near the stand as well. A Virginia Rail was heard, and a Pied-billed Grebe was seen in the marsh near the parking lot.

18 birders saw and heard the following 41 species:

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Mallard

Pied-billed Grebe

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Virginia Rail

Glaucous-winged Gull

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Warbling Vireo

Common Raven

American Crow

Violet-green Swallow

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Purple Martin

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bushtit

Bewick’s Wren

Marsh Wren

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Purple Finch

House Sparrow


Orange-crowned Warbler (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 (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) for any cancelations.

Covid-19 Precautions

Do not attend if you feel ill.  Please respect social distancing, 2 meters or 6 feet.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, June 7, 2022

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be Going to Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery in Qualicum 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 hatchery parking lot on Claymore Road which is off Laburnum Road at 9:15am. Weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk, June 5, 2022

This week’s Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Burma Road, which is off of Lost Lake Road at 9:10 am. Weather cooperating.

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

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