Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 08, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Alberni Inlet in Port Alberni. The morning was mostly sunny with a strong wind off the inlet and calm in the forest.  We were greeted at the start of the walk with singing Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Orange-crowned Warbler just off the trail. We spotted four Red Crossbills close to the trail down low, drinking at the waters edge. A male and female Mountain Bluebird gave us great views on the meadow area near the pipeline right of way. We had great looks at a female American Kestrel perched on a hydro line near the pipeline trail. We heard and saw many Marsh Wrens throughout the morning. A good number of Northern Shoveler's, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal,  Greater Scaup and Lesser Scaup were on the ponds.           

                                               
                                                               Mountain Bluebird: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                

 Fifteen Birders saw and heard the following forty-nine species:
Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
American Kestrel
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
American Coot
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Marsh Wren
Pacific Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
American Robin
Mountain Bluebird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin 

                                                                    Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 15, 2014 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. 
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

1 comment:

Colin Whewell said...

We arrived at Tim Horton's in Alberni and a few birders were there at 9.05. While we were getting a coffee you all left us! We had no idea where you were going but we went to Burde road ponds. Birding was very quiet in the woods except for splendid close views of two Red Breasted Sapsuckers.