Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 05, 2015


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was partly cloudy with a stiff breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Hammond's Flycatcher and a Yellow Warbler flycatching at the start of the walk. A Wilson’s Warbler was seen feeding near the scotch broom across the river giving us great views through our binoculars and spotting scopes.  A pair of Cooper’s Hawks flew over head heading towards the forest. We heard a Warbling Vireo singing and then saw him on a bush near the trail. A flock of Western Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers flew in and circled the mud flats and then left the area. Several Canada Geese with goslings and a Cackling Goose were seen walking along the mud flats during the morning.                                                                 

                                                                Warbling Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese 
Cackling Geese
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Pigeon Guillemot
 Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
 Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Vaux Swift
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Common Raven
Bewick’s  Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  American Robin
 European Starling
 Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Savannah’s Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Purple Finch
 American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

                                                           Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 12, 2015 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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