Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Parksville/ Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, April 16, 2013

American Kestrel: John Purves Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warblers throughout the morning.  A Common Yellowthroat entertained us from a perch on some Scotch broom next to the road giving us great views.  An American Kestrel was perched in a tree along the farmer’s field. We spotted a Great Horned Owl with a fledgling as well as two pairs of Townsend's Warblers on the way back to the parking area to finish off a great morning of birding.

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from Lethbridge saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Ring-necked Pheasant
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
American Kestrel
Great Horned Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin  

    Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 23, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery. We will meet at Parksville Bay next to the Lions Playground or at the viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach near Garrett Road. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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