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.

Thursday 28 September 2023

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store

Nanaimo Bird Report

September 28, 2023

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.

Harlequin Duck (R. Hocken)

Wednesday September 27, 2023:

7 Greater Yellowlegs were seen in the pool at the Nanaimo River Estuary along with Western Meadowlarks, and flying over were Northern Shovelers and Sandhill Cranes.

Tuesday September 26, 2023:

The Tuesday birding group went to Columbia Beach in French Creek. The weather started out windy and cool for the walk but then the rain started halfway through. It was 13C, cloudy, windy, rainy and the tide was going out. A few highlights from were Black-bellied Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs, and Varied Thrush.

4 birders saw and heard the following 39 species:

Canada Goose

American Wigeon


Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Double-crested Cormorant

California Quail

Great Blue Heron

Bald Eagle


Black Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Black Turnstones

Greater Yellowlegs

Short-billed Gull

Thayer’s Gull

California Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common Murre

Anna’s Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

American Robin

Varied Thrush

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Savanah Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

House Sparrow

Sunday September 24, 2023:

The Sunday Bird group went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The weather was overcast, and 13C. A few highlights from the walk were, an Osprey flew overhead of us, Pectoral Sandpiper with Long-billed Dowitchers and a Wilson’s Snipe. A Hermit Thrush was also seen.

15 birders saw and heard the following 42 species:

Canada Goose

Wood Duck


Green-winged Teal

Hooded Merganser

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron


Red-tailed Hawk


Turkey Vulture

American Coot

Kill Deer

Western Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Wilson’s Snipe

Lesser Yellowlegs

Long-billed Dowitcher

Band-tailed Pigeon

Anna’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Common Raven

Steller’s Jay

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Brown Creeper

Bewick’s Wren

Marsh Wren

American Robin

Hermit Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Golden-crowed Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

House Finch

Purple Finch

House Sparrow

Long-billed Dowitcher (R. Hocken)

Saturday September 23, 2023:

10 Sandhill Cranes were seen flying over Grovehill Road in Qualicum Beach.

A Barred Owl was seen in the trees at Buttertubs Marsh near Valley Oak Estates.

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 Sunday Bird Walk, October 1, 2023

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

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

The Tuesday Bird Walk, October 3, 2023

The Tuesday Bird Walk will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provicial Park.

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 main parking lot by the beach entrance at 9:10am. Weather Cooperating.

Good birding! Colin Bartlett

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