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June Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Jun 6, 2018
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Plummer Road - June 19, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds.   We heard and then saw a Willow Flycatcher perched at the top a tall bush.   Bright yellow American Goldfinch dotted the bushes beside the river.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles were seen high over head during the walk.  We spotted a Spotted Sandpiper perched on a rock near the river.  A very large flock of Canada Geese were resting along the shore of the river.  A Common Loon, a Marbled Murrelet and two Pigeon Guillemots were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Swainson's Thrush, a Hammond’s Flycatcher and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher were heard singing on the walk.  A flock of Band-tailed Pigeons, several Eurasian-collared Doves and a flock of Rock Pigeons  flew over. A Mink entertained us as it ran along the shore line and swam just off shore, giving us great views!

Thirteen birders, saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Band-tailed Pigeon, Eurasian-collared Dove, Rock Pigeon, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick’s Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch & 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 June 24, 2018 will be going Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Neck Point Parking lot off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 26 , 2018 will be going to the Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am., or on the forest side of Highway 19a on Kinkade Road at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &  NATURE STORE


Beaver Ponds, Nanoose Bay, BC -  June 12, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. The walk was 3.1 kilometers long and took two hour and twenty-three minutes.  A juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak flew just above us followed by a male Black-headed Grosbeak.  We discovered a family of Chestnut-backed Chickadees on the ground under some bushes in the first little meadow.  A Barred Owl was spotted perched on a snag.   A Mallard Duck with two chicks and a Wood Duck with three chicks greeted us on the Beaver Ponds.   A Willow Flycatcher was seen a the top of a snag next to the trail.  A Purple Finch was spotted at the very top of a very tall tree.

Thirteen birders, including two visiting birders from Vancouver saw and heard the following thirty-two species:

Mallard, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Swainson’s Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Cassin’s Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-sloped Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Red-winged Blackbird, Bewick’s Wren, Black-headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch & Dark-eyed Junco.

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 June 17, 2018 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or under the hydro lines on Normarel Drive at about 9:15 a.m.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June19, 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, along the Englishman River at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD &  NATURE STORE
 


Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park - June 5, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with winds off the Strait of Georgia. Ten Great Blue Herons were seen just off shore.  During the walk four  Pigeon Guillemots and six White-winged Scoters were seen further off shore.  A Western Wood- Pewee was seen at the edge of the forest.  A lone Caspian Tern was spotted heading up the Strait giving us great views.  We watched a Brown Creeper with a Dragonfly in its bill go into a nest hole on a tree next to the trail. 

Twenty-two birders, including two visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Geese, White-winged Scoter, Pelagic Cormorant, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Glaucous-Winged Gull, Caspian Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Great Blue Heron, European Starling, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammonds Flycatcher, Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-Green Swallow, Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Swanson’s Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Orange-Crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Brown Creeper, Chipping  Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-Crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco 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 June 10, 2018 will be going to Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Morrell Wildlife Sanctuary at 787 Nanaimo Lakes Road about 9:15 a.m.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on June12, 2018 will be going the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am.  Turn from Northwest Bay Road onto Power-Point Road.  Follow Powder Point Road to the four way stop where it becomes Fairwinds Drive.  Go about one hundred yards past the four way stop to a parking area on the left hand side of the road.  We will meet you there at about 9:25 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

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