Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 17, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  A Hermit Thrush was spotted just off the trail.  A Trumpeter Swan and three Canada Geese were seen along the river.  Two Townsend’s Solitaires were seen perched in a berry bush not far from the trail. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was seen high up in a tall tree.  White-crowned Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were heard singing all morning.  A Chipping Sparrow was spotted just off the trail. We watched a Lincoln’s Sparrow preening itself in a bush near the trail. A Barred Owl was perched next to the trail giving us great views.

Chipping Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-four birders including visiting birders from Chicago and Red Deer  saw and heard the following sixty- four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Green-wing Teal
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Surf Scoter
Common Loon
Killdeer
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Virginia Rail
Great Blue Heron
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
Iceland(Thayer’s )Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Killdeer
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
California Quail
Steller’s Jay
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
European Starling
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Varied Thrush
Townsend’s Solitaire
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco  
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
Townsend’s Solitaire: 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 22, 2018 will be going to Legacy Marsh in upper Lantzville. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or under the hydro lines along Normarel Drive in upper Lantzville at about 9:20 a.m. 
The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 24, 2018 will be going to the Plummer 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 corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive 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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