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
Harlequin
Mallard
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
 Killdeer
 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
Parksville

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