Sunday, 25 June 2017




Sunday Bird Walk, June 25, 2017:

The Sunday bird walk went to Legacy Marsh in Upper Lantzville. The morning was clear, the winds were calm and it was hot!  Mallards, Wood Ducks and a
Great Blue Heron were seen on the marsh. Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and Violet-green Swallows flew overhead. Warbling Vireos, a Hutton’s Vireo and Cassin’s Vireos were heard and seen just off the trail.  We had great views of several Willow Flycatchers perched and singing along the marsh. We heard and then saw a Western Tanager at the top of a conifer tree.

Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Mallard
Wood Duck
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Band-tailed Pigeon
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Western Tanager
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammonds Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
                                                American Goldfinch
Purple Finch

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, June 20, 2017
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly  sunny with calm winds.  Canada Geese,four White-wing Scoters, a Common Loon and four Killdeer were seen at the Brant viewing platform.  An American Dipper was seen on the river searching and finding food.  We saw an adult Red-breasted Sapsucker and a fledgling Red-breasted Sapsucker on a tree just off the trail. Several Black Swifts, a Vaux’s Swift and many Violet-green Swallows flew overhead during the morning.  Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Willow Flycatchers and Warbling Vireos were heard during the walk.  A family of Western Tanagers were spotted flying just off the trail.  A Common Yellowthroat, a Wilson's Warbler and a Yellow Warbler feeding near the trail. Two Red-tailed Hawks were flying high overhead at the end of the walk.

Twenty birders including visiting birders from Australia, California, Manitoba, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
White-wing Scoter
Common Loon
Killdeer
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
California Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Dipper
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Rufous Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch 
Red-Tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on June 27,2017 will be going to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on the forest side of highway 19a on Kinkade Road at about 9:20 a.m. 
This will be the last Tuesday Birdwalk until September 5, 2017.  Join us for the Sunday Bird walks in Nanaimo for the summer.

The Sunday Birdwalk on July 02/17 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Birdstore at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:20 A.M.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
 Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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