Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 17, 2014

 
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, August 17, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm. Three Pileated Woodpeckers entertained us as they fed along of the trunk of a tree.  A female Western Tanager was perched high in a conifer tree. We caught a glimpse of a Wilson’s Warbler near the marsh.
Ten birders saw and heard the following twenty-one species: 
Mallard, Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Merlin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Wilson’s Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, Marsh Wren, Western Tanager, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow and American Goldfinch.
Pileated Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Saturday, August 16:
A Northern Goshawk was seen in the 300 block of Seventh Street
in Nanaimo. 
Thursday, August 14: 
 A Black-Throated Gray Warbler was seen perched in a tree right in front of a 3rd floor balcony, behind the Fire Station in Parksville. 
Monday, August 11:
Two Caspian Terns and a pair of Bonaparte Gulls in breeding plumage were seen at Parksville Beach in Parksville.  
Canada Geese, Mallard, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, Pelagic Cormorant, Doubled-crested Cormorant, great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Black Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, California Gull, Bonaparte Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Eurasian-collared Dove Northern Flicker, Northwester Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brewer’s Blackbird, White-crowned Sparrow and Song Sparrow were seen along the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
Bonaparte Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Sunday, August 10:
Two Common Nighthawks were seen and heard above Meridian Way in Parksville. 
Saturday, August 09:
A Sharp shinned hawk was seen in the 2500 block of Glenayr drive in Nanaimo.
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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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014. 
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The Sunday bird walk on August 24, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:30 a.m.
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Nanoose Naturalists Meeting, September 11, 2014-- 7:00 P.M.
 Nanoose Library Hall in Nanoose Bay.
Guest Speaker- Paula Wild- topic Cougars
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British Columbia rare bird alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/
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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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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
 
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 10, 2014

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, August 10, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. The morning was sunny and warm. We spotted a Cooper’s Hawk perched on a branch not far off the trail. A Dark-eyed Junco with a fledgling followed us along the path for a few minutes.  We had great views of an American Dipper  feeding in the slow moving Millstream River.
 

Dark-eyed Junco: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Four birders saw and heard the following twenty species:Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Great blue Heron, Cooper’ Hawk, Eurasian Collared Dove, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, American Dipper, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Pacific Wren, Bewick's Wren, Dark-eyed Junco, American Robin and Spotted Towhee.  
American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Wednesday, August 06:
A Eurasian Collared Dove stopped in along 5400 Altavista Drive for a bath in the afternoon sun. 
 Tuesday, August 5:
Eight Common Nighthawks were seen over the Rathtrevor Provincial Park car park in 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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014. 
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The Sunday bird walk on August 17, 2014 will be going to Linley Valley in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Burma Road (off Lost Lake 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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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/ 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki 
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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
 
 
 
 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, August 03, 2014

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, August 03, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in Lantzville. The morning was sunny and warm. Three Cedar Waxwings with their bright yellow tail tip, put on a show for us flying from the top of the trees. We saw a large flock of American Goldfinch with several fledglings on the top of several conifer trees.  We spotted, two Orange-crowned Warblers on a bush just off the road. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over head with a Barn Swallow in hot pursuit.
 
Pectoral Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Eighteen birders including birders from Kuwait, Scotland and Australia saw and heard the following thirty species:
Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Pied-billed Grebe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Anna’s Hummingbird,  Belted Kingfisher, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker,  Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bewick’s Wren, Bushtit,  American Robin,  Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.  
 
Thursday, July 31:
Two Caspian Terns and a pair of Bonaparte Gulls in breeding plumage, were seen at Parksville Beach in Parksville.
Wednesday, July 30:
 Pictorial Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers Long-billed Dowitchers, Least and Western Sandpipers were seen at the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
 
                                         American Goldfinch: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Tuesday, July 29:
Twenty Common Nighthawks were seen over Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo. 
 
Monday, July 28:
An Albino Raven has been seen in Errington.
 
Wednesday July 23:
Five Black Swifts were seen high above Lee Road and Highway 19a in French Creek.
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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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
 
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The Sunday bird walk on August 10, 2014 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot near the Lawn bowling Green 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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WildResearch link---
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
 
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What's more important than the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food?"-- David Suzuki
 
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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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, July 27, 2014

 
 
NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
" EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
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, July 27, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. A pair of Cedar Waxwings were fly-catching from a Conifer tree just off the road.  We watched a Willow Flycatcher catching insects and then going into a nest.  A fledgling American Goldfinch was being fed by it’s parent in a tree not far from us.
 
Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Nine birders saw and heard the following twenty-seven species:
Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven,  Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, House Finch, American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin..
 
Saturday, July 26:
Eleven Common Nighthawks were spotted hawking insects over the community Park in the Rivers Edge area near Parksville
 
Friday, July 25:
  A flock of Common Nighthawks was seen high above the Ugly Dwarf Meadows along highway19 near Nanoose Bay.
 
A Steller’s Jay and a Black-headed Grosbeak were seen in a backyard along Colbourne Drive in Nanaimo.

Steller’s Jay: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
A flock of twenty to twenty-five Black Swifts and Common Nighthawks were seen at the south end of Ladysmith.
 
Saturday July 19:
Six Western Sandpipers, four Least Sandpipers and two Long-billed Dowitchers were seen at French Creek.
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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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
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The Sunday bird walk on August 03, 2014 will be going to the Legacy Marsh in Lantzville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or along Normarel Drive under the hydro lines in upper Lantzville 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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WildResearch link---
http://www.wildresearch.ca/
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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/  
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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
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nanaimo bird report, July 20, 2014

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT
" EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING"


To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at 
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, July 20, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Ladysmith Harbour in Ladysmith. The morning was cloudy with light showers throughout the morning. We spotted two Black Swifts flying low above us at the start of the walk. We saw a large number of Purple Martins sitting on their nest boxes on the harbour. Purple Martins flew close by all morning giving us great looks.
 
                                             Purple Martins: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Six birders saw and heard the following nineteen species:
Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Glaucous-winged Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Rock Pigeon Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Northern Flicker, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Black Swift, Bewick’s Wren, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, House Finch and American Goldfinch.
 
Thursday, July 17:
A family of Cooper’s Hawks were seen in the 2000 block of Woodside Place in Nanaimo.
Tuesday, July 15:
Please note:
This was the last Tuesday bird walk for the summer season. The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.  
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary Fish Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and hot.
It was a morning of birding by ear for the most part—there were not many birds out in the heat. We heard Northern Flickers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallows, Pacific Wrens, Swainson’s Thrush, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Red Crossbills, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch. We spotted a fledgling Brown-headed cowbird perched on branch and watched as a Warbling Vireo came along and fed the cowbird.  It was a rather sad sight watching the little Vireo struggling to feed the huge cowbird. 
Chipping Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
Six birders including visiting birders from Ontario & Chemainus saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Surf Scoter, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Pigeon Guillemot, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Swainson’s Thrush, Anna’s Hummingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Brown-headed Cowbird, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Finch, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch.
     Turkey Vulture: Ralph Hocken Photo.  
Sunday, July 13:
Forty Common Nighthawks were seen flying over the 2500 block of Glenayr Drive in Nanaimo.  
Monday, July 14:
A family of three Peregrine Falcons were seen along Linwood Place in Nanaimo.
********************************************************************************** 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 walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
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The Sunday bird walk on July 27, 2014 will be going to the Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Despard Avenue in Parksville 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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WildResearch link---
http://www.wildresearch.ca/
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West coast environment link—
 
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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