Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, June 21, 2011
Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with a strong breeze but it turned warm and sunny as the morning went on. We watched a family of Common Mergansers swimming very quickly along the river. Another family of Common Mergansers walked very quickly along the gravel bar. Six Great Blue Herons, two Turkey Vulture and two Bald Eagles flew above the mouth of the river. We saw three different Willow Flycatchers perched and singing on the top of bushes along the trail. There were four Yellow Warblers singing from bushes along the meadow, giving us great views.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty species of birds.
Great Blue Heron