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. Our first bird walks of the year are going out on Sunday February 4th and Tuesday February 6th. Locations will be posted to our next Bird Report.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk:

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk:

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 07, 2019 went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning was sunny with calm winds.  Chipping Sparrows were seen at the start of the walk.  A Wilson’s Warbler was spotted low in the bushes near the trail.  We had the good fortune seeing a MacGillivray’s Warbler landing in a tree right next to the trail, giving us great views.  Many Hammond’s Flycatchers, several Pacific-slope Flycatchers, a Warbling Vireo and a Cassin’s Vireo were heard and then seen on the walk.  Two first of the season Vaux’s Swifts were seen high overhead.  A Swainson’s Thrush was heard calling.  Orange-crowned Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler were seen on the walk. A MacGillivray’s Warbler put on a singing show near the end of the walk.  The songs of spring abounded!
    MacGillivray’s Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw the following thirty-seven species:
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture 
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird 
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 
Warbling Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow 
Tree Swallow
Vaux’s Swift
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren 
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush 
California Quail
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler 
MacGillivray’s Warbler 
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow 
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Brown-headed Cowbird 
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
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 12, 2019 will be going to The Beaver Ponds in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or the parking area about one hundreds yards past the four way stop on Power Point Road (take Northwest  Bay Road to Power Point Road) at about 9:20 am. 

The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 14, 2019 will be going to Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at Kinkade Road on the forest side of highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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

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