Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach, June 18, 2013

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach with a quick stop at the viewing platform. The morning was mostly sunny with clouds.  We had a shower to end the morning. We spotted a Common Tern flying low over the water, two Marbled Murrelets and two Pigeon Guillemots from the viewing tower.  A flock of Black Swifts greeted us at Lot Ten along with a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing from the top of a tall Cedar Tree.  A Western Tanager entertained us from a tall snag. We heard a number of American Robins mobbing a predator and we discovered a Barred Owl perched next to the trunk of a Cedar Tree.  A pair of Spotted Sandpipers put on a show for us as they fed and chased one another along the edge of the river. 

Common Tern: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Nineteen birders including visiting birders from Seattle and Victoria saw and heard the following forty species:
Common Loon
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Barred Owl
Common Tern
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Swift
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red Crossbill
 
Spotted Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on June 25 will be going to The top Bridge Trail in Parksville. This will be the last Tuesday bird walk of the season. The Tuesday bird walks will resume on September 03, 2013 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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