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:
Turkey Vulture
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red-eyed Vireo
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Violet-green Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Brown Creeper
 Bewick's Wren
Bushtit
 Pacific Wren
 Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Western Tanager
 Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Black-headed Grosbeak
 American Goldfinch
 Brown-headed Cowbird
European Starling
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
 
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. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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