Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 27, 2014

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.                                                 

 

 
                                                                      Swainson’s Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from Whitecourt, Alberta saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Barred Owl
Great Horned Owl
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
McGillivray's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
                                                                 Red-tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on June 03, 2014 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. 
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville.

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