Tuesday, 28 March 2017

At the start of the Tuesday bird walk we scouted out a rare bird for this area—an Indigo Bunting.  We saw the Bunting where it had previously been reported, in the 4900 block of Nicholas Street in Port Alberni.  It was a rare treat to see this bird here.  The Indigo Bunting is usually seen in eastern and southern United States at this time of the year.

                                                                      Indigo Bunting: John Purves Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Somass Estuary in Port Alberni. The morning was cloudy with light showers and calm winds.

Hundreds of Violet-green Swallows and several Tree Swallows were flying overhead for most of the morning. We counted forty-two

Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding in the reeds and trees along side the estuary. Twelve Gadwall, a large flock of Ring-necked Ducks,

many Greater Scaup and several Lesser Scaup were seen resting on the side of the trail and flew into the estuary as we walked by.

Twelve birders including visiting birders from St Albert and Red Deer saw and heard the following forty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Gadwall
American Widgeon
Mallard
Bufflehead
Green-wing Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Shrike
Turkey Vulture
California Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Indigo Bunting
Yellow-rumped Warbler
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Bushtit
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
 
 
 


 


Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

On the drive home from Port Alberni we saw a Turkey Vulture and four Trumpeter Swans along the highway. 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 04, 2017 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins 

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