Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 20, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm, albeit a little cool in the forest.

We had excellent looks at two Northern Rough-winged Swallows as they moved from the trees to their nest in the river bank. They picked up nesting material from the gravel just in front of us near the river and made their way into the nest hole. A female Black-headed Grosbeak was also gathering nesting material from the river bank and flying off only to return to get more material. Nesting time is here!!  We were entertained by the Black-headed Grosbeaks and Warbling Vireos singing throughout the morning.

     
                                                 Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-three birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Pacific Loon
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Surf Scoter
Belted Kingfisher
California Quail
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Hermit Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

 
 Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo.


 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 27, 2014 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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