The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods with only a light shower. A Townsend’s Solitaire perched on a tall tree at the start of the walk. A Hutton’s Vireo was spotted near the top of the bushes near the trail. We saw a Northern Shrike flying out from a short snag near the estuary in search of prey and returning to the perch. A Black-bellied Plover, an American Golden-Plover, several Killdeer, three Greater Yellowlegs and one Lesser Yellowlegs were seen feeding on the mudflats as the tide was coming in. We had another sighting of the Townsend’s Solitaire off the trail at the end of the mudflats, giving us great views. A Peregrine Falcon and a Merlin gave chase to the birds on the mudflats. We had a terrific morning of birding.American Golden Plover: Len Bettam Photo.
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following sixty-three species:
Great Blue Heron
Northern Rough-wing Swallow
Townsend’s Solitaire: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on October 13 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. We meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot close to the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m., or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.