Are you ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count? This February 17-20th, the Great Backyard Bird Count and help scientists better understand and protect birds worldwide. For as little as 15 minutes, sit in your favorite bird watching location and identify and count birds, then submit them to the GBBC.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 14, 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 14, 2019

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach.  The morning started with rain showers but soon the showers stopped and the winds were calm.  A Black Swift flew high overhead at the start of the walk. Swainson's Thrush were heard all morning.  We heard and saw a large number of Warbling Vireos during the morning.   A Red-breasted Sapsucker was tapping it’s musical song on a tree trunk.  A Belted Kingfisher was seen fishing from a perch near the river.  Two Spotted Sandpipers were flying just  over the river. 
Tree Swallows, Violet-green Swallows and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow were seen flying and hawking insects over the river.  Two Western Tanagers were seen in a tree near the trail.  A female Black-headed Grosbeak was on the ground.

      Spotted Sandpiper: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Common Merganser
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black Swift
Tree Swallow 
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Warbling Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
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 May 19, 2019 will be going to Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store (6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo) at 9:00 am or at the parking lot at Buttertubs Marsh off Bowen Park Road at about 9:15am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 21, 2019 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despard Avenue in Parkville at about 9:10 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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