Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,March 29, 2011
Mountain Bluebird: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side. The morning was cloudy with light winds. We heard a Red-breasted Sapsucker tapping on a tree near the parking area at the start of the walk but were not able to spot it. However, we did see it near the end of the walk as we neared the parking area when it flew and perched on a snag not far from us. The big highlight of the morning was the sighting of a Mountain Bluebird. We spotted the Bluebird perched in a short shrub in the meadows and watched it for about 30 minutes as it hawked insects and returned to it's perch. We also saw a Northern Shrike perched on a snag close to the R.V. Park behind the meadows. Two Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen--one flying over the Englishman River and another on the bushes along the bank of the river.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species of birds:
Great Blue Heron