Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 24, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with some sun and the winds were calm. We spotted a Peregrine Falcon perched high up in a snag. The falcon was watching us for a good 20 minutes giving us time to have a really good look at him.  The highlight of the morning for sure!  A Wilson’s Warbler sat singing close to the trail and giving us great views. Two Marbled Murrelets, two Rhinoceros Auklets and a Common Murre were seen swimming not far from shore. Several Warbling Vireo’s were singing and gave us some quick glances as they moved in the forest. A Western Tanager was perched high atop a tree near the marsh. 

                                              Osprey: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Eighteen birders saw and hear the following forty-two species:
Canada Geese
Pacific Loon
Osprey
Marbled Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Common Murre
Black Oystercatcher
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Peregrine Falcon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch 

                                         Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 31, 2016 will be going to the Englishman River, Shelly Road side in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park, at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Monday, 23 May 2016

Nanaimo bird report, May 22, 2016

                                                  Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken photo.


BIRD REPORT
“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 and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with calm winds--a pleasant morning for birding. The highlight birds of the walk, the Yellow Warblers were singing and hawking insects all morning. We spotted a flock of Black Swifts swooping high above us catching insects. Black-headed Grosbeaks were singing their melodious song as we searched the bushy green trees for them.
Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Wood Duck
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Coopers Hawk
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Black Swift
Bushtit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Western Tanager
Orange-crown Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
House Sparrow

Tuesday, May 17:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing from a perch high atop a snag. We watched several Red-breasted Sapsuckers fly in and make their way up the trunks of trees several times during the morning. We watched as two Western Tanagers built a nest high up in a tree near the trail. Wilson's Warblers were singing throughout the morning. One flew in close to us, giving us great views of his black cap and bright yellow body. We saw as two Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew over the river hawking insects and returned to the bank to rest. Black-headed Grosbeaks entertained us with their melodious songs for most of the morning.
Twenty-two birders including a visiting birder from Whitecourt saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Bald Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Band-tailed Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
 

                                                 Northern Rough-winged Swallow: Len Bettam Photo.


Saturday, May 21: Friday, May 20:
A lone Snow Goose was spotted flying over the Campbell River Estuary.

Friday, May 20:
A flock of seven White-faced Ibis flew South west over Lohbrunner Road and Lochside Trail in Blenkinsop Valley in Victoria.

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.

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The Tuesday bird walk on May 24, 2016 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park off Stewart Road ( follow the signs) from Northwest Bay Road, in Nanoose Bay.
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The Sunday bird walk on May 29, 2016 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road off Lost Lake Road in north Nanaimo at about 9:20 a.m.

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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:
thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 17, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach, the morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing from a perch high atop a snag. We watched Red-breasted Sapsuckers fly in and climb up the trunks of trees several times during the morning. Two Western Tanagers were seen building a nest high up in a tree near the trail. Wilson's Warblers were singing throughout the morning and one came close to us near the river. We saw two Northern Rough-winged Swallows perched along the river bank and then fly over the river hawking insects and return to the bank to rest. Black-headed Grosbeaks entertained us with their melodious songs for most of the morning.
 
                                              Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-two birders including a visiting birder from Whitecourt saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
 Bald Eagle
 Spotted Sandpiper
 Band-tailed Pigeon
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
 Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
 Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
 European Starling
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
 Western Tanager
 Spotted Towhee
 Chipping Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
  
Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 24, 2016 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park off Stewart Road ( follow the signs) from Northwest Bay Road, in Nanoose Bay. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Monday, 16 May 2016

Nanaimo bird report, May 15, 2016

BIRD REPORT

“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 and location of your sighting.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with calm winds--a pleasant morning for birding.  We heard and then saw a MacGillivray’s Warbler close to the trail.  Swainson's Thrush serenaded us for most of the morning. We heard and saw a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, a Hammond’s Flycatcher and had a great look of a first of the season Willow Flycatcher near the trail.  A Western Tanager was singing from a tall conifer tree near the marsh.
Nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Pied-billed grebe
Turkey Vulture
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Rufous Hummingbird
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Western Tanager
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin   

Friday, May 13:
A Swainson’s Thrush was seen at Nanoose Bay. 

A Western Tanager was seen in Lower Lantzville and one was also seen on Gabriola Island.  

Saturday, May 14: 
Blue-wing Teal, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs along with Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers were seen at Quennell Lake in Cedar. 

Four Whimbrel were seen at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo 

A Yellow-headed Blackbird is visiting feeders along Gomerich Road in Nanaimo. 
 
                                                       Yellow-headed Blackbird: Colin Henson Photo.

Tuesday, May 10: 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. A Common Yellowthroat was singing from the top of a bush just across the river. A mixed flock of a Semipalmated Plover, a Pectoral Sandpiper,a Black-bellied Plover, a Dunlin and two Killdeer, several Western Sandpipers and a few Least Sandpipers greeted us along the mudflats and kept us entertained for a good part of the morning.  We heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow Warbler and a Wilson's Warbler singing during the walk. Two immature Bald Eagles were seen chasing a Glaucous-winged Gull overhead before giving up the chase and flying away. 

Semi-palmated Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from England, Edmonton, Port Hardy and Gabriola Island saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Semi-palmated Plover
Killdeer
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 

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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday bird walk on May 17, 2016 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or on the forest side of highway 19a on Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on May 22, 2016 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the Bowen Park entrance to Buttertubs Marsh at about 9:20 a.m. 

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Good birding
Neil Robins 

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot

 

 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Whimbrel at Piper's Lagoon

This morning we received a report of 4 Whimbrel being spotted at Piper's Lagoon in the tidal pool area. The report came in at 9:40am.