The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning began cloudy and cool but soon turned sunny and warm. The bird of the morning was the MacGillivray's Warbler. It was feeding just above our heads in a cedar tree just off the trail giving us all great views. The songs of the Warbling Vireos, MacGillivray's Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warblers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Bewick's Wrens and Swainson's Thrush made for a great morning of birding by ear. We spotted several species of Swallows flying low over the hay field just off the road. A Red-tailed Hawk perched on a snag before being mobbed by a Northwestern Crow and flying away. We spotted a Great Horned Owl and a Barred Owl who were being mobbed by several American Robins near the end of the walk.
MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from Whitecourt, Alberta saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Great Horned Owl
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on June 03, 2014 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay.