Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 30, 2015
The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and hot but lovely and cool in the forest. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher flew in low near the trail and then disappeared in the bushes. A Black-headed Grosbeak was singing from high up in a tall conifer. A pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers flew in and landed close to the trail. A large flock of Bushtits were seen flying across the river. We had great views as we watched a very colorful Western Tanager feeding on a tall cedar tree just across the river for about ten minutes. A flock of Red Crossbills flew overhead. Swainson's Thrush's filled the morning with their songs and we did seen one on the trail. Several Turkey Vultures and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead.
Swainson's Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo
Seven birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Bushtit: Ralph Hocken Photo.
This was the last Tuesday bird walk of the season—we will resume the Tuesday bird walks on September 08, 2015
Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo.