Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 28, 2013

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side in Parksville.

The morning started with a slight drizzle, which soon tapered off, but with strong winds on the water side.  Highlights of the walk were the sight of a mother Killdeer with four young.  These little ones spent most of their time under the belly protection of the adult, but they did venture out giving us quick views.  We also spotted a Wilson's Phalarope feeding with another adult Killdeer in the mud flats.  We had a great sighting of a Western Tanager perched on a branch in the meadow area, and three Cedar Waxwings perched atop a conifer.

 
Wilson's Phalarope: John Purves Photo.
 
Thirteen birders (including one visitor from Calgary), saw or heard the following  40 species.
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Pelagic Cormorant
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle 
Killdeer
Wilson's Phalarope
Western Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Willows Flycatcher
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Swainson's Thrush
Western Tanager
Cedar Waxwing
Black-headed Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird 
Killdeer: Ralph Hocken Photo.

A special thanks to Rhonda and Paul for leading the walk this week! 

The Tuesday bird walk will be going to Springwood Park on June 04, 2013. 

Good birding!

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