Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, April 14, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia but it was very calm in the forest and meadows.  As we started the walk we spotted a Hermit Thrush feeding along the trail just in front of us. The birding got better as the morning went on.  A Townsend’s Warbler was singing and feeding high up in a big leaf maple tree.  He was soon joined by a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and an Orange-crowned Warbler.  An American Kestrel was perched on a snag and we watched as he flew and hunted over the meadow.  We were entertained as he hovered and flew over the meadow looking for prey. We spotted a Savannah Sparrow perched on a bush close to the shoreline.  A Snow Goose and two Greater White-fronted Geese were feeding in the meadow near the R.V. Park.  A Townsend’s Solitaire perched on a short bush along the trail giving us great looks. We watched a Red-breasted Sapsucker making a nest hole in a tall snag .  He would peck for a while and then go into it to see if it was big enough. We left before he accomplished that!  A Northern Flicker was drilling into a tree for a nest on another snag further on in the forest.  Spring is here!!

 
                                                                     

Townsend’s Solitaire: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Thirteen lucky birders saw and heard the following sixty-one species (a record for this time of the year!):
Canada Goose
Snow Goose
Brant
Greater White-fronted Geese
Mallard
Bufflehead
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
American Kestrel
Dunlin
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Greater Yellowlegs
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Townsend’s Solitaire
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin 
                                                                           

         Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 21 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

 

 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nanaimo bird report, April 13, 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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A note from visiting birders

Jana and I have been house-sitting in Ladysmith for Jan - end of March.

We are avid birders and we wanted to express our appreciation to the store and especially Neil for letting us Albertans tag along on the Tues and Sun bird walks.

We enjoyed the knowledge that Neil and the group shared with us. It is so helpful for birders new to the area to be able to access local birding expertise. We enjoyed the social aspect (nice people in the group) and appreciate the folks that shared their scope with us.

Please pass on our thanks to Neil and the group.

Jana and Tony Sneep

Edmonton. 

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Sunday, April 12, 2015:

The Sunday bird walk went to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods. The highlights included seeing eight Cedar Waxwings feeding just off the trail. We heard several Common Yellowthroats singing throughout the morning. A Double-crested Cormorant was spotted high up in the sky catching a thermal.

Ninteen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:

Canada Geese

Mallard

Wood Duck

Ring-neck Duck

Bufflehead

Pied-billed Grebe

Lesser Yellowlegs

Double-crested Cormorant

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Anna’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Northern Flicker

Common Raven

Northern Flicker

Downy Woodpecker

Steller ’s Jay

California Quail

Violet-green Swallow

Tree Swallow

Bushtit

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Bewick’s Wren

Marsh Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Great-blue Heron

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

European Starling

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Red-wing Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Dark-eyed Junco

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Cedar Waxwing: Ralph Hocken Photo

Saturday, April 11:

A Sora was heard at the North-east corner of Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. 

Orange-crown Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen on a walk along the foothills development in upper Lantzville. 
 
Tuesday, April 07:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm making for a pleasant bird walk.  A Pileated Woodpecker flew in and began drumming on a snag off the trail putting on quite a show for us.  Many Orange-crowned Warblers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers sang for most of the morning.  We also had some great views of the Warblers during the walk. Violet-green Swallows were flying near the Bald Eagle’s nest on the far side of the meadows. We spotted a Red-tailed Hawk perched on top a snag looking over the meadow. A Peregrine Falcon flew in near the eagle’s nest and then landed in a tall snag further away on the far side of the meadow. Two calling Evening Grosbeaks were perched on a tree branch in the forest giving us good views of these colorful birds.

Pileated Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Twenty-one birders, including a visiting birder from Whitecourt Alberta, saw and heard the following thirty-four species:

Canada Geese

Mallard

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Peregrine Falcon

Anna's Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northwestern Crow

Common Raven

Violet-green Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Bewick's Wren

Pacific Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

American Robin

Varied Thrush

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Evening Grosbeak

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Pine Siskin
                                                                             

                                                Red-tail Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo.

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Monday, April 27:

 Arrowsmith Naturalists meet at Knox United Church in Parksville. 

Doors open at 7 pm.  Presentation on Ecological Reserves by Erica McClaren from BC Parks at 7.30.

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Tofino-Shorebird –Festival
18th Annual May 1-3, 2015
For  information please contact---- 
http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival

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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 April, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on Sunday, April 19 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. . Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00a.m. or at parking  area under the Hydro lines on Normarel Drive (off highway 19 and Superior 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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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, April 7, 2015

Parksville/Quailcum Beach Tuesday bird walk

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm making for a pleasant bird walk.  A Pileated Woodpecker flew in and began drumming on a snag off the trail putting on quite a show for us.  Many Orange-crowned Warblers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers sang for most of the morning.  We also had some great views of the Warblers during the walk. Violet-green Swallows were flying near the Bald Eagle’s nest on the far side of the meadows. We spotted a Red-tailed Hawk perched on top a snag looking over the meadow.  A Peregrine Falcon flew in near the eagle’s nest and then landed in a tall snag further away on the far side of the meadow. Two calling Evening Grosbeaks were perched on a tree branch in the forest giving us good views of these colorful birds. 
                                                                        
                                                                  Pileated Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-one birders,  including a visiting birder from Whitecourt Alberta, saw and heard the following thirty-four species.

Canada Geese
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Evening Grosbeak
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
 
The Tuesday bird walk on April 14 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
 
                                                                      Red-tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Nanaimo bird report, April 04, 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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Wednesday, April 01:
 A Common Yellowthroat and over thirty American Coots were seen on the Someno’s Marsh in Duncan. 

Tuesday, March 31:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was sunny with a crisp breeze off the Strait of Georgia.

We saw an estimated two thousand Brant along the tide line and offshore. Thousands of Pacific loons were on the water further off shore. Many flocks of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were flying low over the water heading down the strait. A large flock of Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin flew in to the gravel bar. We spotted an Orange-crowned Warbler.  We had great views of the bright yellow bird as he perched and sang from a tree not far from us.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler showed up and started feeding on a tree close by.                            

                    Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Violet-green Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
                                                                                 Dunlin
Belted Kingfisher
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow 

                                 Monday, March 30:
A White (Leucistic) American Robin was seen off Plummer Road near the Englishman River off Highway 19a in Parksville, today at about noon.

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Tofino-Shorebird –Festival
18th Annual May 1-3, 2015
For  information please contact---- 
http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival

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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 April 07, 2015 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parksville at about 9:15 a.m.

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There will not be a Birdwalk on April 5th—Happy Easter!

 

The Sunday bird walk on Sunday, April 12 will be going to Buttertubs

Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00a.m. or at parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen 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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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, March 31, 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, March 31, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was sunny with a crisp breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We saw an estimated two thousand Brant along the tide line and offshore. Thousands of Pacific loons were on the water further off shore. Many flocks of Surf Scoters,White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were flying low over the water heading down the strait. A large flock of Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin flew in to the gravel bar. We spotted an Orange-crowned Warbler.  We had great views of the bright yellow bird as he perched and sang from a tree not far from us.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler showed up and started feeding on a tree close by.
                                   
                                                                   Black-bellied Plovers: Ralph Hocken Photo.   

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Violet-green Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Belted Kingfisher
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow  

The Tuesday bird walk on April 07, 2015 will be going to Springwood Park ( at the west end of Despard Avenue) in Parksville. 

                                                                Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville