Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 02, 2015

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was overcast and the winds were calm. A flock of singing Red Crossbills flew into the top of a tall conifer tree at the parking area on Parksville Beach just before the start of the walk. We saw and heard a large number of Yellow Warblers singing from their perches in a tree just off the trail. The Willow Flycatchers have arrived on their migration--we saw ten of them singing from the top of short bushes along the trail.  A Savannah Sparrow was singing from his perch on the meadow. We spotted a male Ring-necked Pheasant flapping his wings and calling near the fence at the park boundary.  A Pacific-slope Flycatcher caught our eye as it sang from his perch along the trail.                                                             

                                               
                                                                  Ring-neck Pheasant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Nine birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Goose
Mallard 
Common Merganser
Doubled-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

 
                                                                 Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on June 09, 2015 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. 

                                                                   Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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