Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 28, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten, along the little Qualicum River, in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and hot but much cooler in the forest.  We spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler at the start of the walk, perched high up in a very tall tree.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker flew into a tree next to the trail and began tapping sap holes in the tree. The Sapsucker was soon joined by a young fledgling Sapsucker who started feeding in the sap holes.  We watched the pair with fascination for several minutes--a great sight to see.  A Wilson’s Warbler was singing near the trail and the made an appearance in a short bush giving us great views. We spotted a Western Tanager feeding high in a cedar tree. The Tanager worked his way down the tree playing hide and seek with us and entertaining us for about twenty minutes. 

We ended the Tuesday Bird Walks for the season with a delicious BBQ.  Thanks Callie, Carol, David and Linda. 

 
                             Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Eighteen birders including visiting birders from Malawi and St Albert saw and heard the following twenty-seven species:
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
 Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hammonds Flycatcher
 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
 Warbling Vireo
 Violet-green Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
 Pacific Wren
 Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Western Tanager
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Black-headed Grosbeak
European Starling 

                                            Red-breasted sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

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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