Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 03, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk met at the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and went on to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was cloudy with light rain showers but calm winds. One Bonaparte's Gull, seven Pacific Loons and one Common Loon were in their very colorful breeding plumage not far from shore at the viewing platform.  An American Dipper was gathering nesting material and going under the bridge at the Hatchery. We had great views of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher perched  and singing at the top of a tall conifer tree. We heard and then saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker close to the trail.  We first heard a Warbling Vireo singing and after much searching we spotted the Vireo close to the trail.  A Western Tanager, a Hammond’s Flycatcher, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat as well as several  Black-throated Gray Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers were heard during the morning. There were a large number of Chipping Sparrows seen throughout the morning. 

 

Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Len Bettam Photo.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Mallard
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Bald Eagle
 Red-tailed Hawk
Black Oystercatcher
American Dipper
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
 Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Violet-green Swallow
 Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Pacific Wren
 American Robin
 Rufous Hummingbird
 European Starling
 Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Wilson’s Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Warbling Vireo
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
 Spotted Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird
 Chipping Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch
 
                                     Bonaparte's Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on May 10, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good Birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

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