The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walks will be resuming on Tuesday September 5th and Sunday September 10th. Locations and more information in the most recent post.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 09, 2019:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary. The morning was sunny and delightfully spring-like.   The main highlights were a pair of Virginia Rail who gave us several great views, and a male and two female Mountain Bluebirds, with one of the females wide open in the sunshine showing herself to her best advantage.  A Barred Owl was heard.

Mountain Bluebird: Ralph Hocken Photo: 

Twenty-four birders saw and heard the following sixty-three species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoters
Green-winged Teal
Common Merganser
Northern Shoveler
Harlequin Duck
Common Loon
Common Goldeneye
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Barred Owl
Turkey Vulture
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Violet-green Swallow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downey Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Band-tailed Pigeon
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Brown Creeper
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
California Quail
Virginia Rail
Mountain Bluebird
Hutton’s Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-winged Blackbird 
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

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 April 14, 2019 will be going to Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00am or at the end of Raines Road in south Nanaimo at about 9:30 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 16, 2019 will be going to the Springwood 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 west end of Despaird Avenue Parksville at about 9:10 am.
Thank-you David & Linda Prud’homme along with Callie Larson for leading the bird walk this morning.  You had a terrific morning!!  
Good Birding
Neil Robins
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email: thebackyard

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