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Thursday, 10 November 2022


The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

November 10, 2022

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.

Varied Thrush (J. Morrison)

Thursday November 10, 2022:

A Varied Thrush was visiting a backyard in the area of Rutherford Road and Uplands Drive, Nanaimo.

A report of a Long-billed Curlew flying low over a backyard in the Timberlands area in south Nanaimo.

Tuesday November 8, 2022:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Little Qualicum River Estuary with a stop at the Brant viewing stand. The weather was sunny 1C with a light breeze. A few highlights from the walk were, Trumpeter Swans flying over and at the mouth of the river, a Yellow-billed Loon in breeding plumage at the south end of Surfside Drive and a Western Meadowlark in the estuary.

11 birders saw and heard the following 42 bird species:

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Goose

American Wigeon


Green-winged Teal

Northern Pintail

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter


Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Yellow-billed Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Bald Eagle


Black Turnstone

Black-bellied Plover

Black Oystercatcher

Short-billed Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Herring Gull

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Western Meadowlark

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brewer’s Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

House Finch

Trumpeter Swan (J. Morrison)

Sunday November 6, 2022:

The Sunday Bird Walk was supposed to go to the Nanoose Bay Estuary, but it was cancelled due to the weather.

I went to check the estuary anyway and the weather was windy, but not raining, and the tide was still out so the bird activity was quiet with a total of 14 species seen.

Canada Goose

American Wigeon


Northern Pintail


Green-winged Teal


Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Black Oystercatcher

Short-billed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

American Crow

Common Raven

Dark-eyed Junco (R. Hocken)

If you have any birds to report or need help identifying, just email or call the store, 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 ( for any cancelations.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, November 15, 2022

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be Going to Englishman River Estuary – Shelly 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 end of Shelly Road off of HWY 19a at 9:10. Weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk, November 13, 2022

This week’s Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Buttertubs Marsh.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Buttertubs Drive off Bowen Road at 9:15 am. Weather cooperating.

For cancelled bird walks due to weather, please check The Backyard blog at 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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