The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny with cloudy periods and calm winds.
We spotted a Townsend's Warbler feeding high up in a Big Leaf Maple tree. We saw and heard several Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout the morning. Four Common Yellowthroats kept us entertained singing and moving through the scotch broom next to the road. A Red-tailed Hawk was being mobbed by a Common Raven high up in the sky. A Great Horned Owl flew in and perched on a tree giving us great views. A second Great Horned Owl was being mobbed by a flock of American Robins nearby giving us more great views of the owls. We saw a Barred Owl near the end of the walk. The owl was perched on a limb out in the open which made for more great views and a great finish to our walk.
Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Great Horned Owl
The Tuesday bird walk on April 22, 2014 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.
Barred Owl: John Purves Photo.
Many of the birders saw the eclipse of the moon early this morning. Thanks for the heads-up, David.