The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and the Little Qualicum River Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and warm. Many Western Grebe’s, Pacific Loons, Marbled Murrelet and Common Murre were seen off shore from the viewing platform. We had excellent views of a Hammond’s Flycatcher as it rested and preened itself on a Cedar Tree just off the trail. Vaux’s Swifts and Black Swifts entertained us as they chased insects up high above us. We spotted a Willow Flycatcher feeding in a bush near the river. We heard and saw Black-throated Grey Warblers and heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers throughout the morning.
Willow Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Fourteen birders, including visiting birders from Ottawa and California saw and heard the following sixty-four species:
Pacific LoonCommon Loon
Great Blue Heron
Vaux’s SwiftBlack Swift
Black-throated Grey Warbler
Pacific Loons: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on May 13 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville