Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 16, 2015

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm and nice and cool in the forest. We were greeted at the start of the walk with the sounds and sights of the many Willow Flycatchers that were everywhere singing from the top of the short bushes.  Several Chipping Sparrows were seen and heard during the morning.  Warbling Vireos were singing throughout walk. A Hutton’s Vireo sat feeding on the bushes not far from the trail. We heard and saw Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow Warbler, a Townsend’s Warbler, a MacGillivray’s Warbler and a Black-throated Gray Warbler throughout the morning. A flock of American Robins were mobbing a Barred Owl just off the trail giving us great views. Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles circled high overhead.
                                                                        
                                                                Chipping Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Seventeen birders including a visiting birder from Seattle saw and heard the following forty-four species
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
 Coopers Hawk
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Hammond’s Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Violet-green Swallow
Bushtit
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Brown Creeper
 Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
 MacGillivray’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Chipping Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
 Brown-headed Cowbird
 Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Red Crossbill                                                                                                     

 

                                                                          Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on June 23, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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