Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 06, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and the Little Qualicum River Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm. Many Western Grebe’s, Pacific Loons, Marbled Murrelet and Common Murre were seen off shore from the viewing platform. We had excellent views of a Hammond’s Flycatcher as it rested and preened itself on a Cedar Tree just off the trail. Vaux’s Swifts and Black Swifts entertained us as they chased insects up high above us. We spotted a Willow Flycatcher feeding in a bush near the river. We heard and saw Black-throated Grey Warblers and heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers throughout the morning.



Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen birders, including visiting birders from Ottawa and California saw and heard the following sixty-four species:
Mallard
American Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Spotted Sandpiper
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay 
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Vaux’s Swift
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 

               

Pacific Loons: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 13 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

1 comment:

Linda said...

Lovely photos.