Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 12, 2015

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy and cool but when the sun came out it was a warm spring day.  We heard and then saw a Black-throated Warbler feeding high up in a big leaf maple tree. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Orange-crowned Warblers were singing for most of the morning and on occasion we did spot them feeding.  We saw a Hammond’s Flycatcher perched fairly low in a bush giving us great views. A Common Yellowthroat was perched on a fence just off the road. A very musical MacGillivray’s Warbler sang low in a bush close to the trail putting on a great show for us. A Black-headed Grosbeak was spotted singing high up in a conifer tree. Turkey Vultures, a Great Blue Heron, Vaux Swifts and Black Swifts flew high overhead. We spotted a Warbling Vireo singing and feeding in a low bush close to the trail at the end of the walk. 

                                                               Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
                                                                  Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Grow
Common Raven
Great Blue Heron
California Quail
Band-tailed Pigeon
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Violet-green Swallow
Vaux Swift
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Swanson Thrush
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

                           
                                                                      Turkey Vulture: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 19, 2015 will be going to Lot Ten (on the mountain side of Kinkade Road) in north Qualicum Beach. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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