Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach tuesday bird walk, April 22, 2014


The Tuesday birdwalk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. We were greeted with the sound of Chipping Sparrows singing as we started the walk. Rufous Hummingbirds caught our attention throughout the morning and we spotted one Anna’s Hummingbird during the walk. We were royally entertained by a singing Cassin’s Vireo as he followed us along the trail, perching not far up on the trees once in a while to give us great views. We heard a Townsend's Warbler and a Willow Flycatcher singing in the distance. We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing high up in the deciduous trees just off the trail—again giving us more great views. Spring migration has arrived in Parksville.      

                                                    Black-throated Warbler; Ralph Hocken Photo.                              
Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Canada Goose
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Eurasian-collared Dove
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Willow Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

                                                Rufous Hummingbird: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on April 29, 2011 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

Good birding!
Neil Robins

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