The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 29, 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk,
May 29, 2018:
  The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny with strong winds. We were greeted with the sounds of a Western Tanager singing high up in a tall tree just off the trail.  We heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher and then saw him perched fairly low in a tree near the trail.  We spotted another Western Tanager further up the trail. As we reached the river many Northern Rough-winged Swallows were seen coming and going from their nests in the  bank of the river.  A large flock of Violet-green Swallows were flying over head above the river for most of the morning.  A Spotted Sandpiper was walking along the gravel bar just across the river.  We saw many Red-breasted Sapsuckers throughout the morning with three up close, making for excellent sightings.

Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-one species:
Canada Geese
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
California Quail
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
American Goldfinch
Violet-green Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Please Note
Check this site ( early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Sunday Bird Walk on June 03, 2018 will be going to Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park in Cedar.  Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the park on the Oceanside side of Trans Canada Highway 1 at the end of Morden Road in south Nanaimo at about 9:25 a.m.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 05, 2018 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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