Tuesday, 10 April 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 10, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started with rain showers but finished with sunshine and clear skies.  An Orange-crowned Warbler greeted us at the start of the walk.  Several Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen during the morning.  Both Anna's Hummingbird and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen throughout the morning.Six Turkey Vultures were seen soaring high overhead.  Six Trumpeter Swans and a Tundra Swan were feeding in the field near Church Road.  A Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched high up in a tall conifer tree.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew past quickly.  Two Great Horned Owls were perched in the forest giving us great views at the end of the walk.

Great Horned Owl: John Purves Photo.

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Canada Geese
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on April 15, 2018 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at Buttertubs Marsh parking lot off Bowen Road at about 9:30 a.m. 

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 17, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of highway 19a at about 9:10 am.

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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