The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was overcast and the winds were calm. A flock of singing Red Crossbills flew into the top of a tall conifer tree at the parking area on Parksville Beach just before the start of the walk. We saw and heard a large number of Yellow Warblers singing from their perches in a tree just off the trail. The Willow Flycatchers have arrived on their migration--we saw ten of them singing from the top of short bushes along the trail. A Savannah Sparrow was singing from his perch on the meadow. We spotted a male Ring-necked Pheasant flapping his wings and calling near the fence at the park boundary. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher caught our eye as it sang from his perch along the trail.
Ring-neck Pheasant: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Nine birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Great Blue Heron
Red-breasted NuthatchPacific Wren
The Tuesday bird walk on June 09, 2015 will be going to the Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay.
Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo.