Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 17, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach, the morning was sunny and warm with calm winds. We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler singing from a perch high atop a snag. We watched Red-breasted Sapsuckers fly in and climb up the trunks of trees several times during the morning. Two Western Tanagers were seen building a nest high up in a tree near the trail. Wilson's Warblers were singing throughout the morning and one came close to us near the river. We saw two Northern Rough-winged Swallows perched along the river bank and then fly over the river hawking insects and return to the bank to rest. Black-headed Grosbeaks entertained us with their melodious songs for most of the morning.
 
                                              Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Twenty-two birders including a visiting birder from Whitecourt saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
 Bald Eagle
 Spotted Sandpiper
 Band-tailed Pigeon
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
 Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond's Flycatcher
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
 Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
 European Starling
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Townsend’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
 Western Tanager
 Spotted Towhee
 Chipping Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
  
Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 24, 2016 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park off Stewart Road ( follow the signs) from Northwest Bay Road, in Nanoose Bay. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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