Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, April 29, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and cool with a wind off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights of the morning included the sighting of two Bald Eagle, young fledglings seen in their nest close to the river. Several flocks of Brant Geese flew in and rested just off shore. A pair of Gadwall were in with the American Wigeon near the shoreline at low tide. We saw many Savannah Sparrows perched on the shrubs and stumps in the meadow area next to the trail. A flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers along with a few Orange-crowned Warblers followed us along the meadow trail singing and feeding on the low shrubs.

 

                                                               Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following sixty-three species:
Canada Goose
Brant
Mallard
Green-wing Teal
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Dunlin
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Brown Creeper
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
 

 
                                                  Brant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 06, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in Qualicum Beach.  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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