Sunday, 13 August 2017

Nanaimo bird report, August 13, 2017


Nanaimo bird report”
Explore Nature ---Go Birding

To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail
thebirdstore@shaw.ca
Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

Sunday Bird Walk, August 13, 2017
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  The morning was cloudy with strong winds—AND no smoke!  A Marbled Murrelet, a Pigeon Guillemot, a Brandt’s Cormorant and a large number of Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants were seen offshore on the Strait of Georgia. We watched a Bewick's Wren preening itself on a tree not far from the trail.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew overhead at the end of the walk.

Bewick’s Wren: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following twenty-three species:
Canada Geese,
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant,
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Heermann’s Gull
California Gull,
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Northern Flicker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee,
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Spotted Towhee
Brandt’s Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5, 2017.

The Sunday Birdwalk on August 20, 2017 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:25 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

Monday, 7 August 2017

Bird walk, August 13, 2017

Please Note ......

The Sunday Birdwalk on August 13, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at main parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo at about 9:15 a.m.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Nanaimo bird report, August 06, 2017


Nanaimo bird report”
Explore Nature ---Go Birding
To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail
thebirdstore@shaw.ca
Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

Sunday Bird Walk, August 06, 2017
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park Nanaimo.  The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds and we welcomed the coolness in the forest.
We watched an Anna’s Hummingbird, a Red-breasted Nuthatch and American Robins mobbing a perched Barred Owl not far from the trail.  A flock of Bushtits flew into a conifer next to the trail. We had great views of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher perched on a tree for a long time--it gave everyone a chance to study him well.  An American Dipper stood looking over the river near the trail.


Barred Owl: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty birders saw and heard the following twenty-four species:
Mallard
Barred Owl
Rock Pigeon
 American Dipper
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Anna’s Hummingbird
 Western Tanager
Purple Martin
Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
California Quail
Orange-crowned Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
 American Robin
 Spotted Towhee
American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Tuesday August 01:
Forty to sixty Common Nighthawks were seen over the 500 block of Louise Road in Ladysmith:

Friday, July 28:
Thirty Western Sandpipers and five Long-billed Dowitchers were seen on the mud flats of the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

Monday, July 25:
House Wrens were seen nesting in the 2800, block of Dolphin Drive and in the 3500 block of Shetland Place in Nanoose Bay.

Saturday, July 22:
Western Tanagers were seen in the 3500 block of Shetland Place in Nanoose Bay.

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5, 2017

The Sunday Birdwalk on August 13, 2017 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at main parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo at about 9:15 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


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Nanaimo bird report, July 30, 2017


Nanaimo bird report”
Explore Nature ---Go Birding

To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail

thebirdstore@shaw.ca
Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

Sunday Bird Walk, July 30, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Nanaimo River estuary in south Nanaimo.  The morning was sunny and warm with a slight breeze off the Strait of Georgia. A MacGillivray’s Warbler was seen at the start of the walk. We spotted a Common Raven chasing a Northern Harrier over the tall Oak Trees across the river. There was a Greater Yellowlegs and a Lesser Yellowlegs feeding along the shoreline. Eight Great Blue Herons and a Bald Eagle were perched along the ocean shore. Several Barn Swallows, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Violet-green Swallows were seen over head. A singing Savannah Sparrow was seen near the trail at the end of the walk.

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Canada Geese
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Turkey Vulture
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Barn Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
European Starling
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bewick’s Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Friday, July 28, 2017
Seven Spotted Sandpipers were seen at, Sunset Beach at Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.

The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5, 2017
The Sunday Birdwalk on August 06, 2017 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at main parking lot near the Lawn Bowling Green at Bowen Park, off Bowen Road in Nanaimo 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

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Nanaimo bird report, July 20, 2017

Nanaimo bird report”
Explore Nature ---Go Birding

To report your sightings call the birdstore at 250-390-3669 or e-mail

Please remember when reporting a sighting please leave your name and phone number with the date and location of the sighting.

Sunday Bird Walk, July 23, 2017:
The Sunday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny but there was a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. A Cedar Waxwing was spotted at the top of a tall Fir tree at the beginning of the walk.  A Black Oystercatcher, fifteen Long-billed Dowitchers, a large number of Least Sandpipers and Western Sandpipers, two Semi-palmated Plovers and several Killdeer were seen on the mud flats. Four Black-bellied Plovers were feeding along the tide line. Mew Gulls, Bonaparte Gulls
and California Gulls were seen on the Strait.



Semi-palmated Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Fourteen birders including visiting birders from Alberta and California saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Black Oystercatcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Semi-palmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher
Mew Gull
Bonaparte Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Bushtit
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch  




Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Tuesday July 18.
Sixteen Common Nighthawks were seen over McLeary Street and Kennedy Street in Nanaimo.
Six Common Nighthawks were seen over Meridian Way in Parksville.
The Tuesday Birdwalks will resume on September 5/17
The Sunday Birdwalk on July 30, 2017 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 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