Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk

The Tuesday birdwalk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm. A  Western Tanager greeted us at the start of the walk. Violet-green Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Black Swifts  Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, a Coopers Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk were seen over head during the walk. We heard a Cassin's Vireo, singing not far from the trail. We spotted two Cassin's Vireos just off the trail as they went to a nest and began to feed three chicks in the nest. We had discovered a very active nest which we were royalty entertained for about thirty minutes as the adult vireos fed their young.

 

                                                                             
                Cassin’s Vireo feeding young in the nest: John Purves Photo. 

fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle    
Coopers Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Barred Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
Cassin's Vireo
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
European Starling
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Black Swift
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Swainson's Thrush
 American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Western Tanager
 Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Chipping Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
 Brown-headed Cowbird
 Purple Finch
American Goldfinch  

The Tuesday bird walk on June 28 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the forest side of Highway 19a and Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

 This is the final Tuesday bird walk of the season, The Tuesday bird walks will resume on September 06, 2016.  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

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