The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk. Our first bird walks of the year are going out on Sunday February 4th and Tuesday February 6th. Locations will be posted to our next Bird Report.

Wednesday 29 March 2023

 The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

March 29, 2023

“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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Black Turnstone (R. Hocken)

Tuesday March 28, 2023:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary and the Brant Viewing stand in Qualicum Beach. The weather was sunny with a cool breeze and +5. A few highlights from the walk were seeing a large raft of scoters that also included Long-tailed Ducks. Saw our first Bonaparte’s Gulls of the year and had great views of two Black Oystercatchers and Black Turnstones. Also was great to see lots of Brant flying by.

8 birders saw and heard the following 46 species.

Brant

Canada Geese

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-wing Teal

Greater Scaup

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Horned Grebe

Bald Eagle

Killdeer

Black Oystercatcher

Black Turnstone

Dunlin

Short-billed Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Rhinoceros Auklet

Pigeon Guillemot

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American Crow

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Brewer’s Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow


American Dipper (J. Morrison)

Monday March 27, 2023:

Two American Dippers were seen and heard singing on the Nanaimo River at the end of the Morden Collier Park trail.

Sunday March 26, 2023:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Weather was sunny but cool and only +1. A few highlights from the walk was hearing a Steller’s Jay for the first time in a while, and good views of a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Over the marsh the Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows were busy.

10 birders saw and heard the following 36 bird species:

Wood Duck

Mallard

Ring-neck Duck

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Cooper’s Hawk

Anna's Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Violet-green Swallow

Tree Swallow

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Marsh Wren

Pacific Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin 

Friday March 24, 2023:

Tree Swallows were seen at Buttertubs Marsh.


Tree Swallow (J. Morrison)

It is great to hear the White-crowned Sparrows singing in the mornings, a sure sign of spring. Not many reports of Rufous Hummingbirds but the red flowering currant is just starting to open. This is a natural source of nectar that the hummingbirds feed on during migration. In the backyards we are hearing of chickadees back along with the Red-breasted Nuthatch. They are about to nest so make sure your nest boxes are ready.

In the mornings listen to all the different songs being sung and to help you identify who is singing check out the free Merlin app that will identify who is singing.

If you have any birds to report or need help identifying, just email or call the store, thebackyard@shaw.ca 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.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, April 4, 2023

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to the 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 at 9:10am. Weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk, April 2, 2023

This week’s Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Nanoose Bay Estuary.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the end of Nanoose Beach Road (off Arlington Road and HWY 19) at 9:15 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

Friday 24 March 2023

 

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

March 24, 2023

“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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California Quail (R. Hocken)

Thursday March 23, 2023:

Rufous Hummingbird was seen at a backyard feeder in Ladysmith.

Tuesday March 21, 2023:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The weather was cloudy and cool, 6 degrees. A few highlights were seeing a couple of Red Crossbills in a tree next to the trail near the viewing stand. Watching a Northern Harrier out working over the estuary and hearing a Yellow-rumped Warbler as we ended the walk. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful at finding the Mountain Bluebird.

13 birders saw and heard the following 53 species.

Brant

Canada Geese

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-wing Teal

Surf Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

California Quail

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle

killdeer

Short-billed Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Pigeon Guillemot

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bushtit

Bewick's Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Varied Thrush

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brewer’s Blackbird

Red Crossbill

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin


Yellow-rumped Warbler (R. Hocken)

Monday March 20, 2023:

A Wilson’s Snipe was seen at the main parking lot of Buttertubs Marsh.

Violet-green Swallows and Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen and heard at the west end of Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.

Sunday March 19, 2023:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo. The weather was sunny and cloudy, 8 degrees. A few highlights were a White-throated Sparrow seen at the entrance to Buttertubs Marsh off of Bird Sanctuary Drive along with a few Golden-crowned Sparrows. A fly over by 14 Trumpeter Swans, Yellow-rumped warbler and Orange-crowned Warbler in the trees along the main dyke, and Violet-green Swallows feeding over the marsh. We were also serenaded by Virginia Rails during the morning walk.

13 birders saw and heard the following 43 bird species:

Trumpeter Swans

Canada Goose

Mallard

Wood Duck

Green-winged Teal

Ring-neck Duck

Bufflehead

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Red-tailed Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Peregrine Falcon

Virginia Rail

American Coot

Glaucous-winged Gull

Eurasian Collared Dove

Anna's Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Violet-green Swallow

Common Raven

American Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bushtit

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hutton’ Vireo

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow 


White-throated Sparrow (R. Hocken)

Spring is here with many first sightings of the year being reported. Violet-green Swallows, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, White-crowned Sparrows, and Rufous Hummingbirds are back. There have also been reports of less juncos at the feeders as these birds are also on the move to their nesting territories.

If you have any birds to report or need help identifying, just email or call the store, thebackyard@shaw.ca 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.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, March 28, 2023

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Little Qualicum River Estuary (Marshall Stevenson Estuary), stopping first at the Brant Viewing Stand 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 Brant Viewing Stand at the end of Qualicum Beach at 9:15am or at the end of Surfside Drive off Kinkade Road at 9:45. Weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk, March 26, 2023

This week’s Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Legacy Marsh, upper Lantzville.

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the corner of Normarel Drive and Sywash Ridge Road at 9:10 am (by the power lines). 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

Thursday 16 March 2023

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

March 16, 2023

“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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Northern Pintail (J. Morrison)

Turkey Vulture

We have been receiving many calls of Turkey Vultures sightings:

Monday March 13 – Piper’s Lagoon

Wednesday March 15 – 2 seen over Drew Road in Parksville

Thursday March 16 – 1 in Departure Bay Nanaimo and 2 in Nanoose Bay

Tuesday March 14, 2023:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The weather was sunny with a few clouds, 5 degrees and the winds were calm. A few highlights were a Peregrine Falcon flying around in the open field, good views of many male Anna’s Hummingbirds (so close didn’t need binoculars), and a Hutton’s Vireo that we heard and had great views of.

10 birders saw and heard the following 49 species.

Brant

Canada Geese

Snow Goose

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-wing Teal

Greater Scaup

Surf Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

California Quail

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Short-billed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

American Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Pacific Wren

Bewick's Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hutton’s Vireo

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee,

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Brewer’s Blackbird

Purple Finch


Red-breasted Sapsucker (J. Morrison)

Sunday March 12, 2023:

The Sunday Bird Walk went to the Maki Road trail located at the end of Maki Road in south Nanaimo. The weather started off sunny and feeling warm but ended in clouds and a cool breeze at 6 degrees. A few highlights were seeing a Red-breasted Sapsucker working on its nest, along with a Red-breasted Nuthatch building a nest. A Trumpeter Swan was seen on the far side of the marsh along with many Great Blue Herons.

15 birders saw and heard the following 38 bird species:

Trumpeter Swans

Canada Goose

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Great Blue Heron

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle

American Coot

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Anna's Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Common Raven

American Crow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Bushtit

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

Purple Finch 


Turkey Vulture (S. Petersen)

Spring is on the way and migration is starting. With the return of the Turkey Vultures also watch for Rufous Hummingbirds, Bonaparte’s Gulls, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, and White-crowned Sparrows just to name a few.

If you have any birds to report or need help identifying, just email or call the store, thebackyard@shaw.ca 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.

The Tuesday Bird Walk, March 21, 2023

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Englishman River Estuary – Plummer 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 trail entrance of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at 9:10. Weather cooperating.

The Sunday Bird Walk, March 19, 2023

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

Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or *NEW PARKING LOCATION* at the parking lot off 2nd avenue by the Miner Shack (across from the baseball field entrance) at 9:15 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