The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville. The morning started out with heavy rains, but soon the sun was shinning making for a pleasant morning. Four noisy Red-breasted Sapsuckers were seen moving throughout the tall trees at the start of the walk. Pileated Woodpeckers, Anna's Hummingbirds and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen all morning. A Black Swift, a Purple Martin and a Violet-green Swallow flew overhead. We saw six Townsend’s Warblers, one Black-throated Gray Warbler, numerous Orange-crowned Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding in the tall Big-Leaf Maple Trees along the trail. We heard two Barred Owls calling to each other and then one flew just over our heads and landed in a nearby tree, giving us great views. We watched as several Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches unsuccessfully mobbed the owl. A Hermit Thrush was spotted on big stump near the trail. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen hawking insects throughout the morning. It was a very good spring-time birding morning.
Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Ten birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
The Tuesday bird walk on April 25, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive