Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Parksville/Quualicum Beach tuesday bird walk, June 17, 2018


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 Goose
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 Sunday Bird Walk on June 24, 2018 will be going Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the Neck Point Parking lot off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15 a.m.

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.

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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