Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 08, 2018


  Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, May 08, 2018 
  The Tuesday bird walk went to Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery with a brief stop at the Brant Viewing Tower in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was sunny. The walk was two and a half miles long, taking two hours and fifty minutes. Two Blue-wing Teal, White-winged Scoters, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser and Pacific Loons in breeding plumage were seen offshore at the viewing platform.  We saw an American Dipper feeding it’s young at the fish hatchery.  We heard a Western Tanager singing and a Swanson’s Thrush calling near the trail.  A Red-breasted Sapsucker was spotted near the trail.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Warbling Vireo and an Orange-crowned Warbler were seen in a tall Big-leaf Maple tree.  We heard and saw and heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hammond’s Flycatchers and Willow Flycatchers through out the morning.  Six Turkey Vultures flew over head at the end of the walk.

                                         Western Tanager: Ralph Hocken Photo:                                   
                         Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Harlequin Duck
Blue-wing Teal
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Murre
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Red-necked Grebe
  Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Dipper
Iceland Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-wing Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Rufous Hummingbird
Swanson’s Thrush
European Starling
Western Tanager
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler 
 Yellow Warbler
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
                                            Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch 
American Goldfinch

 
Willow Flycatcher: 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 May 13, 2018 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the Beaver Ponds parking area (Take Highway 19 to Northwest Bay Road go to Power Point Road, follow Power Point Road to the four way stop and  then go about one hundred yards to the parking area on the left) at  about 9:20 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 15, 2018 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the top bridge trail entrance (look for sign) at Industrial Way and Tuan Road at about 9:10 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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




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