Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, April 21, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy and cool with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.  A Red-throated Loon flew up the strait—a very unusual sighting for this area. Two Marbled Murrelet were seen just offshore giving us great looks.  A very fast Parasitic Jaeger flew up the Strait just above the water.  A Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were spotted further offshore. We heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing during the walk. We saw and heard many Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers,Townsend’s Warblers and  Black-throated Grey Warblers throughout the morning. 

                                                    
                                                                 Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
 Mallard
Bufflehead
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
Red-throated Loon
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Parasitic Jaeger
Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Mew Gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tail Pigeon
 Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
 Black-throated Grey Warbler
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
 Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin                                                                      

 
                                                                      Parasitic Jaeger: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 28, 2015 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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