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Thursday, 23 June 2022

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

June 23, 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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Common Loon (R. Hocken)

Tuesday June 21, 2022:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road entrance of the Englishman River Estuary. Weather was cloudy, light winds and a few showers, 14 degrees. A few highlights from the walk were, seeing four Caspian Terns out on the gravel bar with the gulls. Hearing a flock of Red Crossbills fly over and a small flock of Cedar Waxwings perched in bare tree in the estuary.

17 birders saw and heard the following 55 species:

Canada Goose

Harlequin Duck

Common Merganser

Pelagic Cormorant

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Black Oystercatcher

Spotted Sandpiper

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Caspian Tern

Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot

Black Swift

Anna’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Pileated Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Warbling Vireo

Common Raven

American Crow

Violet-green Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Pacific Wren

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Black-throated Grey Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Western Tanager

Black-headed Grosbeak

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crown Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brown-headed Cowbird

Red Crossbills

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow


Eastern Kingbird (R. Hocken)

Monday June 20, 2022:

An Eastern Kingbird was seen perched at the top of a snag in Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. It was seen just up the hill from the parking lot.

Sunday June 19, 2022:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Weather was cloudy with sunny breaks, winds were calm and 14 degrees. A few highlights from the walk were, seeing a female Anna’s Hummingbird sitting on the nest. Good views of a Pigeon Guillemot right in Hammond Bay and a Great Blue Heron that look to be hunting in the grass beside the trail.

15 birders saw and heard the following 29 species:

Canada Goose

Surf Scoter

Double-crested Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Common Murre

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Warbling Vireo

Common Raven

Violet-green Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

American Robin

Swainson’s Thrush

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brown-headed Cowbird

American Goldfinch

Friday June 17, 2022:

At least 28 Caspian Terns were seen on the shore off Mariner Way in Parksville.

Thursday June 16, 2022:

An Eastern Kingbird was seen at the Englishman River Estuary. The bird was observed from the Plummer Road trail, just across the river as near the beginning of the trail.


Caspian Terns (F. Holtslander)

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 29, 2022

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be Going to Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road, in Parksville.

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 corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at 9:10am. Weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk

The Sunday Bird Walks will be taking a break for the summer and will resume at a later date.

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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