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:
Black-throated Gray Warbler
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.