Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, July 15, 2014
This was the last Tuesday bird walk for the summer season. The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary Fish Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and hot.
It was a morning of birding by ear for the most part—there were not many birds out in the heat. We heard Northern Flickers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallows, Pacific Wrens, Swainson’s Thrush, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Red Crossbills, Purple Finch and American Goldfinch. We spotted a fledgling Brown-headed cowbird perched on branch and watched as a Warbling Vireo came along and fed the cowbird. It was a rather sad sight watching the little Vireo struggling to feed the huge cowbird.
Chipping Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Six birders including a visiting birders from Ontario & Chemainus saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Turkey Vulture: Ralph Hocken Photo.
This was the last Tuesday bird walk of the summer season. The Tuesday bird walks will resume on Tuesday September 02, 2014.