Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 22, 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
May 22, 2018:
  The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and very warm, but it cooled off when we entered the forest. Swainson's Thrush’s entertained us all morning.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles flew overhead. We had great views of three McGillivray's Warblers perched and singing on the walk.  A Western Tanager was seen high up in the tall tree near the trail.  A Pileated Woodpecker was spotted flying into its nest hole along the edge of the forest.  Willow Flycatchers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were heard during the walk.  A Common Yellowthroat gave us great views in the bushes just off the road.  A juvenile Great Horned Owl was spotted perched in a tree back in the bushes.  An adult Great Horned Owl was being mobbed by American Robins along the trail at the end of the walk.

Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo:

Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Great Horned Owl
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
McGillivray's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch
                                              Common Yellowthroat: 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 27, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville..  Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:25 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 29, 2018 will be going to the Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Kinkade Road on the forest side of highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
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Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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