Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, February 24, 2015
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm, making for a great morning of birding. We spotted two American Dippers feeding along the river bank not far from us. We saw several Red-breasted Sapsuckers feeding and tapping the trees throughout the morning. A Varied Thrush was singing atop a tall conifer and two other Varied Thrush were answering him as he sang. American Robins were busy feeding and resting on the grassy area. We spotted a leucistic American Robin--a very colorful bird—scurrying on the ground giving us great views. A flock of Violet-green Swallows flew overhead hawking insects. A Pileated Woodpecker was busy drumming on a snag near the end of the walk.
Leucistic American Robin: John Purves Photo.
Twenty birders saw and heard the following twenty-seven species;
Great Blue Heron
Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on March 03,2015 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.