The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with misty rain but finished off with sunny skies and calm winds. We saw fourteen Whimbrel flying low over the shoreline before the walk at the Parksville Community Park. A Chipping Sparrow was singing from the top of a tall tree near the trail. We could hear a Black-headed Grosbeak singing in the distance and we tracked him until we found him down further along a trail. A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted perched on a stump in the forest. After hearing Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing for most of the morning we watched as one was feeding not far from us. Band-tailed Pigeons, Turkey Vultures and two Bald Eagles flew high over head.
Black-headed Grosbeak: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Thirteen birders, including visiting birders from Alberta and Australia saw and heard the following thirty species:
Pacific-slope Flycatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on may 23, 2017 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park (off Northwest Road and Stewart Road--follow the signs) at about 9:15 a.m.
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