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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 19, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. California Quail were seen at the start of the walk. A Spotted Sandpiper was preening on a Little Qualicum River gravel bar giving us great views. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Hammond’s Flycatchers were singing high up in the tall trees. A Black-headed Grosbeak swooped in just above us singing his vibrant song that we heard for most of the morning. Several Red-breasted Sapsuckers flew near us as we walked on the trail. Yellow Warblers were singing and they stopped long enough to give us great views. Western Tanagers entertained us and we had several great views of them high in the conifers across the river. A Red-eyed Vireo was singing his long song high up in the tall trees next to the trail.  We heard the song but there were no views for us!                                                           

                                                              Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Spotted Sandpiper
California Quail
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Western Tanager
European Starling
MacGillivray’s  Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
                                                                       

                                                 Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 26, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum fish hatchery in Qualicum beach.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nanaimo bird report, May 17, 2015


NANAIMO 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 17, 2015:   
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. The highlights included seeing three Rhinoceros Auklets, a Common Murre and twelve Marbled Murrelets just off shore—all great sightings! Three Vaux’s Swift was fly catching high overhead. A Wilson’s Warbler was spotted low in the bushes next to the trail. A Merlin flew over head as we were doing the tally at the end of the walk.

Common Murre: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

Twelve birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Bald Eagle
 Merlin
 Canada Geese
   Pacific Loon
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Rhinoceros Auklet
  Belted Kingfisher
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
  Northern Flicker
 Pileated Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Bewick’s Wren,
 Pacific Wren
 Brown Creeper
 Great Blue Heron
Vaux’s Swift
  Swainson’s Thrush
 American Robin
 European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
 Orange-crown Warbler
 Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Grey Warbler
Warbling Vireo
                                              Western tanager                                                                   
Red-breasted Nuthatch
  White-crowned Sparrow
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
  House Finch
  American Goldfinch

Saturday, May 16:
A Bullock’s Oriole was spotted at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.

Bullock’s Oriole: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Tuesday, May 12:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy and cool but when the sun came out it was a warm spring day. We heard and then saw a Black-throated Warbler feeding high up in a big leaf maple tree. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Orange-crowned Warblers were singing for most of the morning and on occasion we did spot them feeding.  We saw a Hammond’s Flycatcher perched fairly low in a bush giving us great views. A Common Yellowthroat was perched on a fence just off the road. A very musical MacGillivray’s Warbler sang low in a bush close to the trail putting on a great show for us. A Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted singing high up in a conifer tree. Turkey Vultures, a Great Blue Heron, Vaux Swifts and Black Swifts flew high overhead. We spotted a Warbling Vireo singing and feeding in a low bush close to the trail at the end of the walk. 
 
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Grow
Common Raven
Great Blue Heron
California Quail
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Violet-green Swallow
Vaux Swift
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Swanson Thrush
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
  Turkey Vulture: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

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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 19, 2015 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  We meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or on the mountain side of Highway19a along Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach. at about 9:20 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on May 24, 2015 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary off Nanaimo Lakes Road at about 9:20 a.m.

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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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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.com 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 12, 2015

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy and cool but when the sun came out it was a warm spring day.  We heard and then saw a Black-throated Warbler feeding high up in a big leaf maple tree. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Orange-crowned Warblers were singing for most of the morning and on occasion we did spot them feeding.  We saw a Hammond’s Flycatcher perched fairly low in a bush giving us great views. A Common Yellowthroat was perched on a fence just off the road. A very musical MacGillivray’s Warbler sang low in a bush close to the trail putting on a great show for us. A Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted singing high up in a conifer tree. Turkey Vultures, a Great Blue Heron, Vaux Swifts and Black Swifts flew high overhead. We spotted a Warbling Vireo singing and feeding in a low bush close to the trail at the end of the walk. 

                                                               Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
                                                                  Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Grow
Common Raven
Great Blue Heron
California Quail
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Violet-green Swallow
Vaux Swift
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Swanson Thrush
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

                           
                                                                      Turkey Vulture: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 19, 2015 will be going to Lot Ten (on the mountain side of Kinkade Road) in north Qualicum Beach. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nanaimo bird report, May 10, 2015


NANAIMO 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 10, 2015:
The Sunday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm. The highlights included a close look at a singing Wilson’s Warbler just off the trail. A Black-throated Grey Warbler gave us great views through the scopes as it perched and sang high up in a tall tree. We spotted a Western Tanager and a Hammond’s Flycatcher near the beaver dam—more great sightings!

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Eight birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese
Pacific Loon
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
  Pine Siskin  

 Saturday, May 09:
A Western Tanager, a Bullock’s Oriole and a Black-headed Grosbeak were seen at Buttertubs Marsh West in Nanaimo.  

A Cassin’s Vireo and a Warbling Vireo were spotted at the old MacGreavor Marsh in Nanaimo.  

Friday, May 08:
Black-headed Grosbeaks were seen at Morrell Circle in Nanaimo and at Ladysmith.

Tuesday, May 05::
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was partly cloudy with a stiff breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Hammond's Flycatcher and a Yellow Warbler flycatching at the start of the walk. A Wilson’s Warbler was seen feeding near the scotch broom across the river giving us great views through our binoculars and spotting scopes.  A pair of Cooper’s Hawks flew over head heading towards the forest. We heard a Warbling Vireo singing and then saw him on a bush near the trail. A flock of Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers flew in and circled the mud flats and then left the area. Several Canada Geese with goslings and a Cackling Goose were seen walking along the mud flats during the morning.


                                                                            
                                                      Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese 
  Cackling Geese
  American Wigeon
Harlequin
 Mallard
Surf Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
 Common Merganser
 

Hooded Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Pigeon Guillemot
                                                   Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
                                                      Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
 Killdeer
 Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
  Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Vaux Swift
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Common Raven
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  American Robin
 European Starling
 Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Savannah’s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Purple Finch
 American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

This is our bird photographer Ralph Hocken

 

Good birding
Neil Robins
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 12, 2015 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park by the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on May 17, 2015 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 about 9:15 a.m.

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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link---
http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/

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A must read for those of us who live along the Strait of Georgia.

THE SEA AMONG US
THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
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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.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 05, 2015

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was partly cloudy with a stiff breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Hammond's Flycatcher and a Yellow Warbler flycatching at the start of the walk. A Wilson’s Warbler was seen feeding near the scotch broom across the river giving us great views through our binoculars and spotting scopes.  A pair of Cooper’s Hawks flew over head heading towards the forest. We heard a Warbling Vireo singing and then saw him on a bush near the trail. A flock of Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers flew in and circled the mud flats and then left the area. Several Canada Geese with goslings and a Cackling Goose were seen walking along the mud flats during the morning.                                                                 

                                                                Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese 
Cackling Geese
American Wigeon
Harlequin
Mallard
Surf Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Pigeon Guillemot
 Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
 Killdeer
 Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Vaux Swift
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Common Raven
Bewick’s  Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  American Robin
 European Starling
 Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Savannah’s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Purple Finch
 American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
                                                                           

                                                           Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 12, 2015 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville