Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, April 28, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out very windy with light rain showers. But turned sunny with calm winds making for a very pleasant morning of birding. We were greeted with the songs of Chipping Sparrow at the start of the walk and throughout the morning. Three Long-billed Dowitchers flew low over overhead giving us great views. We saw Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles fly overhead during the morning. Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers Black-throated Gray Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers and a Yellow Warbler sang and were seen during the walk. We heard a MacGillivray's Warbler sing near the ponds. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Warbling Vireos were often heard during the walk. Four American Goldfinch put on a great show singing and flying close overhead. 

                                                                MacGillivray's Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Mallard
Common Merganser
Long-billed Dowitcher
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Eurasian-collared Dove
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
                                                                           
                                                              American Goldfinch: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday on May 05, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
              
                                                           Long-billed Dowitcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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