Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 14, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Most of the morning was filled with rain showers where the birds were scarce, but we did see and hear them between the showers. A Black-throated Gray Warbler feeding in a Arbutus Tree near the trail, caught our attention at the start of the walk.  We were entertained as we watched a Swainson's Thrush flew from branch to branch on a tree right in front of us.  Orange-crowned Warblers, a Warbling Vireo, a Cassin’s Vireo and a Hutton’s Vireo were singing nearby.  Bald Eagles and Turkey Vultures flew high overhead.  We saw Black Swifts flying high over the beaver ponds and Violet-green Swallows flying low over the ponds. Red-winged Blackbirds serenaded us nearby.

                                Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken photo.

Nineteen dedicated birders, including visiting birders from Florida and Washington, saw and heard the following thirty species:

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Downy Woodpecker

 Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

 Rufous Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird

 Willow Flycatcher

 Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Hammond’s Flycatcher

 Common Raven

Black Swift

 Violet-green Swallow

Brown Creeper

 Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Swainson's Thrush

 American Robin

European Starling

 Orange-crowned Warbler

 Black-throated Gray Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Warbling Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo

Hutton’s Vireo 

 Western Tanager

Spotted Towhee

 Chipping Sparrow

 Song Sparrow

 Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

 Purple Finch

                               Red-winged Blackbird: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on June 21, 2016 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the Top Bridge Trail parking lot along Industrial Way off highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.  

Good birding

Neil Robins




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