Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday bird walk, June 24, 2018




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Sunday Bird Walk, June 24 2018
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.  We spotted several Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants flying over the Strait. Three female Surf Scoters were seen heading down the strait. A Harlequin Duck was seen resting near Shack Island.  We had great views of a Pigeon Guillemot just off shore.

   

                                              Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from St. Albert, Alberta saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Canada Geese
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
 Turkey Vulture 
Great Blue Heron
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
California Quail
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
 Bewick's Wren
 American Robin
European Starling
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
 House Finch 
American Goldfinch


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, June 19, 2018:
The Tuesday bird walk went the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds.   We heard and then saw a Willow Flycatcher perched at the top a tall bush.   Bright yellow American Goldfinch dotted the bushes beside the river.  Turkey Vultures and Bald Eagles were seen high over head during the walk.  We spotted a Spotted Sandpiper perched on a rock near the river.  A very large flock of Canada Geese were resting along the shore of the river.  A Common Loon, a Marbled Murrelet and two Pigeon Guillemots were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Swainson's Thrush, a Hammond’s Flycatcher and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher were heard singing on the walk.  A flock of Band-tailed Pigeons, several Eurasian-collared Doves and a flock of Rock Pigeons flew over. A Mink entertained us as it ran along the shore line and swam just off shore, giving us great views! 

                       Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo:  

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
                                                              White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch

                   Common Loon: 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 Tuesday Bird Walk on June  26 , 2018 will be going to the Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am., or on the forest side of Highway 19a on Kinkade Road at about 9:20 a.m.

This will be the last Tuesday Bird Walk until the fall.

The Sunday Bird Walk on July 01, 2018 is cancelled due to the Canada Day Holiday!

 Have a Happy Canada Day”


The Sunday Bird Walk on July 08, 2018 will be going to Hemer Provincial Park in Cedar.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Hemer Park parking lot at the end of Hemer Road (Take highway 19, south and exit left at Cedar Road follow Cedar Road to the bridge and turn right on Cedar Road  and go to Hemer Road and turn left and go to the Park) meet  at about 9: 30 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
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Nanaimo B.C. 
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Phone: 250-390-3669
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