The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk. Our first bird walks of the year are going out on Sunday February 4th and Tuesday February 6th. Locations will be posted to our next Bird Report.

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, April 21, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Moorcroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. The morning was cloudy and cool with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.  A Red-throated Loon flew up the strait—a very unusual sighting for this area. Two Marbled Murrelet were seen just offshore giving us great looks.  A very fast Parasitic Jaeger flew up the Strait just above the water.  A Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were spotted further offshore. We heard Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing during the walk. We saw and heard many Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers,Townsend’s Warblers and  Black-throated Grey Warblers throughout the morning. 

                                                                 Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
Red-throated Loon
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Parasitic Jaeger
Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Mew Gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tail Pigeon
 Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
 Rufous Hummingbird
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
 Black-throated Grey Warbler
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
 Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin                                                                      

                                                                      Parasitic Jaeger: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on April 28, 2015 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  

Good birding
Neil Robins

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