The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and hot but very comfortable in the forested areas. Several families of Chestnut-backed Chickadees were spotted high up in the trees. Large flocks of Canada Geese and Common Mergansers rested along the gravel bars on the estuary. Savannah Sparrows were singing and flycatching among the snags along the meadows. Several bright American Goldfinch caught our eye as they flew near the top of the bushes. We heard and then saw a Western Tanager perched at the top of a tall conifer tree near the end of the walk.
Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Gray Warbler
American Goldfinch: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Check out this site re the Nanoose checklist by Hans Laue--
The Tuesday bird walk on July 15, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Hatchery. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform along highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.