The Tuesday bird walk met at the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and went on to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was cloudy with light rain showers but calm winds. One Bonaparte's Gull, seven Pacific Loons and one Common Loon were in their very colorful breeding plumage not far from shore at the viewing platform. An American Dipper was gathering nesting material and going under the bridge at the Hatchery. We had great views of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher perched and singing at the top of a tall conifer tree. We heard and then saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker close to the trail. We first heard a Warbling Vireo singing and after much searching we spotted the Vireo close to the trail. A Western Tanager, a Hammond’s Flycatcher, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Wilson’s Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat as well as several Black-throated Gray Warblers and Orange-crowned Warblers were heard during the morning. There were a large number of Chipping Sparrows seen throughout the morning.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Len Bettam Photo.
Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Black-throated Gray Warbler
The Tuesday bird walk on May 10, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.