Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, June 07, 2016


The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and very warm, but cooler in the forest. A pair of colorful  Western Tanager’s were spotted playing in the tall trees just above the trail. We watched a Hairy Woodpecker feeding in the tall snags. Three Willow Flycatchers were singing near the road as we walked by. We had great views of a  McGillivray's Warbler feeding on the short bushes along the road. The best sighting of the morning was a young fledgling Common Yellowthroat feeding not far from the road.
                                      Common Yellowthroat: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty birders, including three visiting birders from Tuscany, Italy and one from Kingston, Ontario saw and hear the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Eurasian-collared Dove
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
 Willow Flycatcher
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Northwestern Crow
  Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Brown Creeper
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
 McGillivray's Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
 Western Tanager
 Spotted Towhee
 Brown-headed Cowbird
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Black-headed Grosbeak
 Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Finch
                                       McGillivray's Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on June 14, 2016 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Fairwinds Drive ( follow Power Point Road off Northwest Bay Road to the four way stop and go about 100 yards to the parking area on the left) in Nanoose Bay at about 9:20 a.m. 

Good Birding
Neil Robins


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