Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Evening Grosbeaks visit our feeders

Hi birders,

At supper time today we had seven Evening Grosbeaks visit our feeders. What a thrill!!!

A beautiful sight
Neil & Marilynne Robins
Parksville

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 03, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk met at the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and went on to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was cloudy with light rain showers but calm winds. One Bonaparte's Gull, seven Pacific Loons and one Common Loon were in their very colorful breeding plumage not far from shore at the viewing platform.  An American Dipper was gathering nesting material and going under the bridge at the Hatchery. We had great views of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher perched  and singing at the top of a tall conifer tree. We heard and then saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker close to the trail.  We first heard a Warbling Vireo singing and after much searching we spotted the Vireo close to the trail.  A Western Tanager, a Hammond’s Flycatcher, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat as well as several  Black-throated Gray Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers were heard during the morning. There were a large number of Chipping Sparrows seen throughout the morning. 

 

Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Len Bettam Photo.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Mallard
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Bald Eagle
 Red-tailed Hawk
Black Oystercatcher
American Dipper
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
 Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Violet-green Swallow
 Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Pacific Wren
 American Robin
 Rufous Hummingbird
 European Starling
 Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Wilson’s Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Warbling Vireo
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
 Spotted Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird
 Chipping Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
 
                                     Bonaparte's Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on May 10, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good Birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

thebirdstore.blogspot.com
thebackyard@shaw.ca

Monday, 2 May 2016

Nanaimo bird report, May 01, 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 01, 2016:
The Sunday bird walk went to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and a Hammond’s Flycatcher were heard and seen during the walk. We spotted a Hairy Woodpecker feeding near the ground and we watched as he flew up into the tall trees.  A California Quail was perched on a log near the trail.  Cassin’s and Hutton’s Vireos entertained us throughout the morning.  Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rump Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers and a Wilson’s Warbler were heard and seen on the walk all morning.

 

                          Orange-crownedWarbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Hairy Woodpecker
California Quail
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Common Raven
European Starling
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Cassin’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch 

Tuesday, April 26:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Chipping Sparrow greeted us at the parking lot and was seen throughout the morning. We heard and then saw five Red Crossbills high up in a tree.   A young Trumpeter Swan flew over heading down island. We watched as a Brewer’s Blackbird chased a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  We heard and then caught a quick glimpse of a Wilson’s Warbler.  Black-throated Gray Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were singing for most of the morning.  An American Dipper was preening itself on a log near the Bridge. 

                                  Sharp-shinned Hawk. Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen Birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
American Dipper
Band-tailed Pigeon
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin   


                                         Trumpeter Swan: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Purple Martins were spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
 

Monday, April 25:
A Whimbrel was seen at the Englishman River Estuary on the Plummer Road side in Parksville.  

A Solitary Sandpiper was seen at the drainage ponds along Kay Road, behind the weight scales at Parksville.

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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 03, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform (along highway 19a near the Strait of Georgia) in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on May 08, 2016 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at Neck Point Park off Hammond Bay at Neck Point parking lot 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

Thursday, 28 April 2016

RARE BIRD ALERT


British Columbia Bird Alert




Posted: 27 Apr 2016 10:44 PM PDT
On the morning of April 27th, 2016 Adrian Dorst photographed a White-cheeked Starling in Tofino. This bird could be ship assisted or an escapee. There is only one ABA record from 1998 in Homer, Alaska and the bird was presumed to be ship assisted but was rejected due to provenance.

Adrian found this bird on a local lawn in Tofino but was not able to relocate the bird this afternoon.
So far there is no more information as to where in Tofino the bird was seen or if it is located on public property. As soon as more details come in they will be posted here.

Photos: Adrian Dorst

For more information see bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca




Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, April 26, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Chipping Sparrow greeted us at the parking lot and was seen throughout the morning. We heard and then saw five Red Crossbills high up in a tree.   A young Trumpeter Swan flew over heading down island. We watched as a Brewer’s Blackbird chased a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  We heard and then caught a quick glimpse of a Wilson’s Warbler.  Black-throated Gray Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were singing for most of the morning.  An American Dipper was preening itself on a log near the Bridge.
                                               Sharp-shinned Hawk, Ralph Hocken Photo:
 
Fourteen Birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
American Dipper
Band-tailed Pigeon
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin


                                                   Trumpeter Swan: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 03, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform (along highway 19a near the Strait of Georgia) in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville.
 
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.co