Monday, 26 June 2017

We will be opened on Saturday--Canada Day--from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   We will be opened for our regular hours on Sunday and Monday.  Have a great weekend. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017




Sunday Bird Walk, June 25, 2017:

The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in Upper Lantzville. The morning was clear, the winds were calm and it was hot!  Mallards, Wood Ducks and a
Great Blue Heron were seen on the marsh. Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead. Warbling Vireos, a Hutton’s Vireo and Cassin’s Vireos were heard and seen just off the trail.  We had great views of several Willow Flycatchers perched and singing along the marsh. We heard and then saw a Western Tanager at the top of a conifer tree.

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Mallard
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Band-tailed Pigeon
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Western Tanager
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammonds Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
                                                American Goldfinch
Purple Finch

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 20, 2017
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly  sunny with calm winds.  Canada Geese,four White-wing Scoters, a Common Loon and four Killdeer were seen at the Brant viewing platform.  An American Dipper was seen on the river searching and finding food.  We saw an adult Red-breasted Sapsucker and a fledgling Red-breasted Sapsucker on a tree just off the trail. Several Black Swifts, a Vaux’s Swift and many Violet-green Swallows flew overhead during the morning.  Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Willow Flycatchers and Warbling Vireos were heard during the walk.  A family of Western Tanagers were spotted flying just off the trail.  A Common Yellowthroat, a Wilson's Warbler and a Yellow Warbler feeding near the trail. Two Red-tailed Hawks were flying high overhead at the end of the walk.

Twenty birders including visiting birders from Australia, California, Manitoba, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
White-wing Scoter
Common Loon
Killdeer
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Dipper
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Rufous Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch 
Red-Tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on June 27,2017 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on the forest side of highway 19a on Kinkade Road at about 9:20 a.m. 
This will be the last Tuesday Birdwalk until September 5, 2017.  Join us for the Sunday Bird walks in Nanaimo for the summer.

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 02/17 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
 Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 20, 2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly  sunny with calm winds.  Canada Geese,

four White-wing Scoters, a Common Loon and four Killdeer were seen at the Brant viewing platform.  An American Dipper was seen on the river searching and finding food.  We saw an adult Red-breasted Sapsucker and a fledgling Red-breasted Sapsucker on a tree just off the trail. Several Black Swifts, a Vaux’s Swift and many Violet-green Swallows flew overhead during the morning.  Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Willow Flycatchers and Warbling Vireos were heard during the walk.  A family of Western Tanagers were spotted flying just off the trail.  A Common Yellowthroat, a Wilson's Warbler and a Yellow Warbler feeding near the trail. Two Red-tailed Hawks were flying high overhead at the end of the walk.

Twenty birders including visiting birders from Australia, California, Manitoba, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
White-wing Scoter
Common Loon
Killdeer
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Dipper
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Rufous Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch 

The Tuesday bird walk on June 27,2017 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on the forest side of highway 19a on Kinkade Road at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
 Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com




Sunday, 18 June 2017


Sunday Bird Walk, June 18, 2017:

The Sunday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.

The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm.  We had great views of a Black-throated Gray Warbler.  We heard and then saw several Willow Flycatchers around the pond.  A family of Purple Martins was perched in a snag along the pond.  Violet-green Swallows were seen hawking insects just above the pond.  Swainson’s Thrush entertained  us all morning with their songs.  Red-breasted Nuthatch’s were spotted feeding in a tall tree near the trail.

Black-throated Gray Warbler:



Nine birders, including birders from Leamington, Ontario, Seattle, Washington and St Albert, Alberta, saw and heard the following twenty-five species:

Northern Flicker

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Swainson’s Thrush

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Purple Martin

Violet-green Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Bewick’s Wren

Bushtit

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

American Robin

Red-winged Blackbird

Spotted Towhee

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Red Crossbill

House Finch



Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 13, 2017

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 13, 2017 went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Swifts were seen hawking insects high above us at the beginning of the walk. Two Caspian Terns were spotted, one was resting on a gravel bar and the other one was plunging in the water in search of prey further offshore. Two Pigeon Guillemots and an Marbled Murrelet were seen further off shore. A Great Horned Owl being mobbed by a flock of American Robins was seen at the end of the walk.

Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Seattle and Australia saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Geese
Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser
Surf Scoter

Pelagic Cormorant

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Bald Eagle
Great Horned Owl

Cooper’s Hawk

Glaucous-Winged Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Caspian Tern

Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Black Oystercatcher

European Starling
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker 
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Black Swift

Tree Swallow

Violet-Green Swallow
Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swanson’s Thrush
American Robin
Orange-Crowned Warbler 
Black-throated Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch






                                                     Caspian Tern: Ralph Hocken Photo:



 A flock of Evening Grosbeaks were seen in a backyard near Andover and Fairwinds in Nanoose Bay.



A flock of thirty Great Blue Herons were seen flying over the Casino in downtown Nanaimo.



Saturday, June 10:

Red Crossbills were seen above the Boat Harbour in Nanaimo.





The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 20/17 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery.  Meet at The Parksville Community Park at the parking lot in front of the Lion's Playground at 9 a.m. or at the Brandt Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.



The Sunday Birdwalk on June 25/17 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines on Normarel Drive (off Superior Road & highway 19) at about 9:20 A.M.

Good birding

Neil Robins



THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

314 Metral Drive

 Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8

Phone: 250-390-3669

Fax: 250-390-1633


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 13, 2017


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 13, 2017
The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 13, 2017 went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Swift were seen hawking insects high above us at the beginning of the walk. Two Caspian Terns were spotted one was resting on a gravel bar and the other one was plunging in the water further offshore in search of prey. Two Pigeon Guillemots and an Marbled Murrelet were seen further off Shore. A Great Horned Owl was seen at the end of the walk being mobbed by a flock of American Robins.
Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Seattle and Australia saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Geese
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Surf Scoter
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Bald Eagle
Great Horned Owl
Cooper’s Hawk
Glaucous-Winged Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Caspian Tern
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Black Oystercatcher
European Starling
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker 
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Black Swift
Tree Swallow
Violet-Green Swallow
Chestnut-Backed Chickadee
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swanson’s Thrush
American Robin
Orange-Crowned Warbler 
Black-throated Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-Crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch

Orange-crowned Warbler:

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 20/17 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery.  Meet at The Parksville Community Park at the parking lot in front of the Lion's Playground at 9 a.m. or at the Brandt Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins 

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE 
314 Metral Drive 
 Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
 
Phone: 250-390-3669          

                                          Fax: 250-390-1633