Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach,Tuesday bird walk, May 21, 2013

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning started off with rain showers but soon turned quite pleasant. We heard a Wilson's Warbler singing and then caught a glimpse of him as he flew over us.  A Yellow Warbler was perched close to the trail for a long time giving us great views as he looked us over from his perch. We watched a Merlin give chase to a Northern Harrier, who was flying low over the meadow in search of prey. We spotted four Spotted Sandpipers feeding along the edge of the river. We heard and saw two Western Tanagers singing and feeding across the river. Three Western Tanagers flew over the river and landed in a conifer tree above us giving us good views through the scopes.

 
Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty species.   not sixty as I counted earlier!
Canada Goose
Mallard 
Surf Scoter
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Northern Harrier
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
Varied Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Warbling Vireo
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin 
Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 28 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville.

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