The Tuesday bird walk went to the viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning started out cloudy and cool but soon turned sunny and warm. We spotted two American Dippers in the river. We saw and heard Yellow-rumped Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers throughout the morning. We also heard and then saw a Black-throated Grey Warbler feeding high up in a deciduous tree near the trail. A Chipping Sparrow was perched and singing low in the bushes near the trail. A Red-breasted Sapsucker caught our attention as it appeared to be working on a nesting hole. He flew to a low tree not far from us and started feeding on the sap, giving us great views. As he was rhythmically tapping on the tree one could imagine him pounding out the Morse Code!
Black-throated Grey Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on April 30, 2013 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.