The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was cloudy but the winds were calm. A large flock of Western Grebes, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Marbled Murrelets and Pigeon Guillemots were seen off shore from the Brant viewing platform before we left Qualicum Beach for the hatchery. We saw an American Dipper next to the road at the Fish Hatchery feeding along the banks of the river. The Dipper flew under the road to it’s nest and then flew along the stream picking up little tiny fish and heading back to the nest several times. The first of the season Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Willow Flycatcher were heard and then seen just off the road.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following sixty-one species:
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Gray Warbler
American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo:
The Tuesday bird walk on May 01, 2017 will be going to Lot Ten 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 on the forest side of Kinkade Road in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive