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April Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Apr 4, 2018
Black-Throated Warbler
Black-Throated WarblerHouse FinchOrange-Crowned WarblerTownsend's SolitaireWilson's Warbler 

Moorecroft Regional Park, May 01, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  The morning was sunny with strong winds.
A Dunlin and four singing Black Oystercatchers were seen along the rocky shores.   Six Pacific Loons and two Marbled Murrelet’s were seen offshore. We saw a Killer Whale breeching off shore.  We heard a Swainson’s Thrush calling just off the trail.  A Pacific-slope Flycatcher was spotted perched near the trail. Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers and Townsend’s Warblers entertained us all morning.


Thirty birders including visiting birders from South Africa saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Brant, Harlequin Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Marbled Murrelet, Pacific loon, Common Loon, Dunlin, Black Oystercatcher, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, American Robin, Swainson’s Thrush, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and
American Goldfinch.

Please Note:
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on May 06, 2018 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at parking lot Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road in Nanaimo at about 9:20 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 08, 2018 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant Viewing Platform along Highway 19a in North Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &NATURE STORE


Plummer Road -  April 24, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was clear with calm winds. We watched a Wilson’s Warbler feeding in a short bush just across the river from us.  Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers and a Semipalmated Sandpiper were seen feeding on the mudflats. A Hump-backed Whale was spotted heading down the Strait of Georgia. Eight Band-tailed Pigeons, Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, a Merlin and a Cooper’s Hawk flew overhead during the morning. Two Black Oystercatchers, four Black-bellied Plovers a Dunlin, a Killdeer, a Long-billed Dowitcher and a Short-billed Dowitcher were seen feeding on the mudflats.  A  Eurasian Teal was seen feeding on the mudflats with a flock of Green-wing Teal at the end of the walk.

Twenty-eight birders including visiting birders from Penticton, Chicago and Ontario saw and heard the following sixty- three species:


Canada Geese, Brant, Mallard, Gadwall, Green-wing Teal, Eurasian Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Red-neck Grebe, Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific loon, Common Loon, Common Murre, Doubled-crested Cormorant, Long-billed Dowitcher, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Killdeer, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Cooper’s Hawk, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Barn Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bushtit, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Bewick’s Wren, Pacific Wren, American Robin, Townsend’s Solitaire, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch & Pine Siskin.

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on April 29, 2018 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary at 787 Nanaimo Lakes Road in Nanaimo at about 9:20 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May, 2018 will be going to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking lot at Moorcroft  at 1563 Stewart Rd, (off Northwest Bay Road, follow signs to Moorcroft )at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &NATURE STORE



Shelly Road -  April 17, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  A Hermit Thrush was spotted just off the trail.  A Trumpeter Swan and three Canada Geese were seen along the river.  Two Townsend’s Solitaires were seen perched in a berry bush not far from the trail. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen high up in a tall tree.  White-crowned Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were heard singing all morning.  A Chipping Sparrow was spotted just off the trail. We watched a Lincoln’s Sparrow preening itself in a bush near the trail. A Barred Owl was perched next to the trail giving us great views.

Twenty-four birders including visiting birders from Chicago and Red Deer  saw and heard the following sixty- four species:
Trumpeter Swan, Canada Geese, Brant, American Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Green-wing Teal, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Surf Scoter, Common Loon, Killdeer, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Barred Owl, Turkey Vulture, Virginia Rail, Great Blue Heron, Bonaparte’s Gull, Mew Gull, Iceland(Thayer’s )Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Killdeer, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, California Quail, Steller’s Jay, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, European Starling, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Anna’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Brown Creeper, Bushtit, Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Solitaire, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Finch, Purple Finch, Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on April 22, 2018 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or under the hydro lines along Normarel Drive in upper Lantzville at about 9:20 a.m.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 24, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &NATURE STORE


Springwood Park - April 10, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started with rain showers but finished with sunshine and clear skies.  An Orange-crowned Warbler greeted us at the start of the walk.  Several Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen during the morning.  Both Anna's Hummingbird and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen throughout the morning. Six Turkey Vultures were seen soaring high overhead.  Six Trumpeter Swans and a Tundra Swan were feeding in the field near Church Road.  A Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched high up in a tall conifer tree.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew past quickly.  Two Great Horned Owls were perched in the forest giving us great views at the end of the walk.

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.

Please Note:
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on April 15, 2018 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at Buttertubs Marsh parking lot off Bowen Road at about 9:30 a.m.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 17, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of highway 19a at about 9:10 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &NATURE STORE


Columbia Beach - April 03, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. There were a large number of Brant Geese, Pacific Loons and Common Loons not far from shore.  Flocks of Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were seen flying up the Strait of Georgia.  A pair of Marbled Murrelet were seen far off shore.  Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Killdeer, Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin were seen close to shore.  A House Finch was spotted singing next to the trail.  A Fox Sparrow flew in to a bush next to us giving us great views.

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-nine species:
Canada Geese, Brant, American Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon, Harlequin Duck, Northern Pintail, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Marbled Murrelet, Common Murre, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Killdeer, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Iceland(Thayer's) Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Eurasian-collared Dove, California Quail, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, Pacific Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red-wing Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and a House Sparrow.

Please Note:
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Sunday Bird Walk on April 08, 2018 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 10, 2018 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:10 am.


Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &NATURE STORE


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