The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Report
March 29, 2023
“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.
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.
Eurasian Collared Dove
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:
Great Blue Heron
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, 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.
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