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, 2 April 2019

 Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 02, 2019:
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north of Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny with calm winds.   We saw thousands of Surf Scoters, White-wing Scoters, Red-necked Grebes, Brant Geese, Pacific Loons and Common Loons on the Strait of Georgia when we stopped on the way to the hatchery at the Brant Viewing Area in North Qualicum Beach.  We spotted a pair of busy Bushtits building a nest just above the trail at the hatchery--a great sighting. Two Orange-crowned Warblers, the first of the season, entertained us about four feet above the ground near the trail. Three Red Crossbills were seen near the river. At the end of the walk we saw an American Dipper on the river.

Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-nine Species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoters
White-wing Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
Green-winged Teal
Horned Grebe
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Pelagic  Cormorant
Pacific loon
Common Loon
Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Violet-green Swallow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downey Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Dipper
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

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 07, 2019 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00am or at the Parking Lot at Buttertubs off Bowen Road at about 9:15am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 09, 2019 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the ocean side of highway 19a on Shelly Road in Parksville at about 9:10 am.

Good Birding

Neil Robins

6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo


Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

Email: thebackyard


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