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, 30 April 2019

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.  

The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds.  We were greeted with the sighting of Rufous Hummingbirds at the start of the walk and they entertained us for most of the morning.  We heard a Red-breasted Sapsucker’s musical tapping on tree trunk from the forest.   A small flock of Baird’s Sandpipers were seen along the incoming tide.  A very large flock of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers were running along the estuary giving us great views.  Red-neck Grebe, Surf Scoters, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen on the Strait of Georgia.                 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 30, 2019: 
Rufous Hummingbird: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from Australia, Ontario and Alberta saw the following fifty-eight species:
Canada Geese
Green-wing Teal
Harlequin Duck
Red-neck Grebe
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Short-billed Dowitcher
Baird’s Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
California Gull
Mew Gull
Bonaparte Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Orange-crowned Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
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 May 05, 2019 will be going to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or the parking lot at Morrell Sanctuary ( Take Wakasiah Road to Nanaimo Lakes Road and look for the sign to Morrell Sanctuary just past the underpass for Highway 19) at about 9:15 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 07, 2019 will be going to Top Bridge Trail in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the trail head on Industrial Way and Tuan Road in Parksville about 9:10 am. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669

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