The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was mostly sunny with a few clouds and the winds were calm. Black Turnstones, Black-bellied Plovers, Black Oystercatchers, Brant Geese, Bonaparte's Gulls, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls and a Western Gull were plentiful on the gravel bars offshore from the viewing platform. Two American Dipper’s were seen just off the road, near the parking lot at the fish hatchery, singing and catching fish. Further along the trail we saw and heard Red-breasted Sapsuckers tapping on the top of the hydro poles. There were large flocks of Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows flying high overhead, hawking insects.
American Dipper: Len Bettam Photo.
Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Violet-green Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on March 22, will be going to Port Alberni, Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area in Port Alberni near the river ( follow highway 4 into Port Alberni until you come to the tee intersection, turn left and then right onto the parking area along the water) we will meet about 10:00 a.m.