Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 10, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods. Six Caspian Terns greeted us at Parksville Beach before the start of the walk. We heard and saw several Willow Flycatchers both at the beginning of the walk and at the end. We heard Common Yellowthroats, Pacific-slope Flycatchers,  Black-headed Grosbeak, Warbling Vireos, and Cassin’s Vireo during the morning making for a morning of birding by ear—a common thing at this time of the year. We spotted an Olive-sided Flycatcher singing at the top of a bush. The bird of the morning however, was hearing and then finally seeing the elusive Red-eyed Vireo singing continually as he perched in a tree high above the trail.
      
                                          Red-eyed Vireo at nest: internet Photo.                                      
 
                                       Olive-sided Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Swainson's Thrush
European Starling
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
California Quail
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Mac-Gillivray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Brown Creeper
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Black-headed Grosbeak
 Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
 The Tuesday bird walk on June 17 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the usual spot at the Community Park or at parking area on Powder Point Road, about 100 yards past the four way stop sign at Anchor (where Powder Point Road becomes Fairwinds Drive.)
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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