Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 25, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was cloudy but the winds were calm. A large flock of Western Grebes, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Marbled Murrelets and Pigeon Guillemots were seen off shore from the Brant viewing platform before we left Qualicum Beach for the hatchery.  We saw an American Dipper next to the road at the Fish Hatchery feeding along the banks of the river. The Dipper flew under the road to it’s nest and then flew along the stream picking up little tiny fish and heading back to the nest several times.  The first of the season Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher and  Willow Flycatcher were heard and then seen just off the road. 


                                                  Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following sixty-one species:
Brant
Canada Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Black Oystercatcher
American Dipper
Bonaparte's Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine-Siskin
American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

The Tuesday bird walk on May 01, 2017 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or on the forest side of Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins 

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