Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, June 21, 2011

























Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Hi birders,

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.
Canada Goose
Mallard
Common Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Killdeer
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Black Swift
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Good birding,
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia

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