Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 19, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. California Quail were seen at the start of the walk. A Spotted Sandpiper was preening on a Little Qualicum River gravel bar giving us great views. Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Hammond’s Flycatchers were singing high up in the tall trees. A Black-headed Grosbeak swooped in just above us singing his vibrant song that we heard for most of the morning. Several Red-breasted Sapsuckers flew near us as we walked on the trail. Yellow Warblers were singing and they stopped long enough to give us great views. Western Tanagers entertained us and we had several great views of them high in the conifers across the river. A Red-eyed Vireo was singing his long song high up in the tall trees next to the trail.  We heard the song but there were no views for us!                                                           

                                                              Yellow Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Spotted Sandpiper
California Quail
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Black Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Western Tanager
European Starling
MacGillivray’s  Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
                                                                       

                                                 Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 26, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum fish hatchery in Qualicum beach.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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