Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 10, 2016


 
 
 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. A Common Yellowthroat was singing from the top of a bush just across the river. A mixed flock of a Semipalmated Plover, a Pectoral Sandpiper,a Black-bellied Plover, a Dunlin and two Killdeer, several Western Sandpipers and a few Least Sandpipers greeted us along the mudflats and kept us entertained for a good part of the morning.  We heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher,  Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow Warbler and a Wilson's Warbler singing during the walk. Two immature Bald Eagles were seen chasing a Glaucous-winged Gull  overhead before giving up the chase and flying away.
 
 
 
 
Semipalmated Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from England, Edmonton, Port Hardy and Gabriola Island saw and and heard the following forty-fourspecies:
Canada Goose
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
 Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
 
Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The  Tuesday bird walk on May 17, 2016 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or on the forest side of highway 19a on Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 
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