The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
Nanaimo Bird Report
March 2, 2023
“EXPLORE NATURE” --- GO
To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at email@example.com. 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.
Surf Scoter (R. Hocken)
Tuesday February 28, 2023:
The Tuesday Bird Walk was to have gone to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side, but unfortunately it was canceled due to weather.
Here is a bird walk that went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road on March 18 2018. 57 species were seen and heard.
Great Blue Heron
Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
A female Evening Grosbeak was seen at a backyard feeder in Lantzville near Aulds Road and the train tracks.
Sunday February 26, 2023:
The Sunday Bird Walk was also canceled due to the weather, but a couple of birders did go walk around Buttertubs in the snow and sunshine. Highlight was a Hutton’s Vireo seen close in the trees near the viewing tower on the main dyke.
2 birders saw and heard the following 25 bird species:
Great Blue Heron
Hutton’s Vireo (J. Morrison)
The winter weather has the backyard feeders just a hopping. Suet has had lots of activity but unfortunately the starlings are not sharing. One option to help deter or slow down the starlings is with an upside-down suet feeder or rig your suet feeder, so it is horizontal and not vertical. This way the suet is only available underneath. Chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and Bushtits naturally feed upside down but is tougher for the starlings. It may not get rid of the starlings, but it will slow them down at least.
Anna’s Hummingbirds are busy at the feeders and still being seen taking nesting material. Rufous Hummingbirds are on there way back and if you want to track their where abouts check out Journey North https://maps.journeynorth.org/map/?map=hummingbird-rufous-first&year=2023
to see where they are.
With all the snow now melting remember to clean up any old seed of the ground before it spoils and becomes a problem for the birds.
If you have any birds to report or need help identifying, just email or call the store, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 7, 2023
The Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Columbia 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 parking area on Admiral Tryon Blvd, off Columbia Drive and Hwy 19A, at 9:15.
The Sunday Bird Walk, March 5, 2023
This week’s Sunday Bird Walk will be going to Neck Point Park, Nanaimo.
Meet at The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 9:00am or at the parking lot at Neck Point 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
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