Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with misty rain but finished off with sunny skies and calm winds.  We saw fourteen Whimbrel flying low over the shoreline before the walk at the Parksville Community Park. A Chipping Sparrow was singing from the top of a tall tree near the trail. We could hear a Black-headed Grosbeak singing in the distance and we tracked him until we found him down further along a trail.  A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted perched on a stump in the forest. After hearing Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing for most of the morning we watched as one was feeding not far from us. Band-tailed Pigeons, Turkey Vultures and two Bald Eagles flew high over head.
 
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Thirteen birders, including visiting birders from Alberta and Australia saw and heard the following thirty species:
Whimbrel
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Rufous Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Black-headed Grosbeak
Swainson’s Thrush
Band-tailed Pigeon
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on may 23, 2017 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park (off Northwest Road and Stewart Road--follow the signs) at about 9:15 a.m.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins 
 
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