Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 23, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was sunny and warm. Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles and a Cooper’s Hawk flew high overhead.   We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Townsend’s  Warbler and a Wilson’s Warbler during the walk. A Warbling Vireo was feeding high up in the tall trees over the trail giving us great looks.   We heard and then saw a Great Horned Owl fly from its perch not far from the trail.  A Willow Flycatcher, hunting insects, flew from its perch over the marsh, giving us great views. We heard several Pacific-slope Flycatchers and Hammond’s Flycatchers on the walk through the forest. A Western Tanager flew in over the marsh and landed in a tall snag giving us excellent views. A Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Townsend’s  Warbler  were seen just above us at the end of the walk. 

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Seventeen birders including visiting birders from New Jersey-USA, Whitecourt and St. Albert saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Surf Scoter
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
                                Townsend’s  Warbler                                
 Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 

                                                            Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on May 30, 2017 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lion’s Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m.or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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