Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 15, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny with cloudy periods and calm winds.
We spotted a Townsend's Warbler feeding high up in a Big Leaf Maple tree.  We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout the morning.  Four Common Yellowthroats kept us entertained singing and moving through the scotch broom next to the road.  A Red-tailed Hawk was being mobbed by a Common Raven high up in the sky.  A Great Horned Owl flew in and perched on a tree giving us great views.  A second Great Horned Owl was being mobbed by a flock of American Robins nearby giving us more great views of the owls.  We saw a Barred Owl near the end of the walk.  The owl was perched on a limb out in the open which made for more great views and a great finish to our walk.
            
              Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                                                      
 
 
 
                                                            Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo. 

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy 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
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple finch
American Goldfinch 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 22, 2014 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. 

                                                 Barred Owl: John Purves Photo. 

Many of the birders saw the eclipse of the moon early this morning.  Thanks for the heads-up, David.  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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