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- positive, energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn
- flexible schedule and able to work weekends
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 21, 2019




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, May 21, 2019
The Tuesday bird walk went to Springwood Park in Parksville.  The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds. Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles, two Red-tailed Hawks and a Cooper’s Hawk were soaring high overhead.  A Brown Creeper entertained us for a long while as we watched it gathering nesting material, going into a cavity in a tree and then came out to look for more material.  A colourful male Western Tanager was spotted at the top of a conifer tree.  A  Red-breasted Nuthatch was seen feeding on a tree close to the trail.  A newly hatched Rufous Hummingbird chick was resting on a tree branch at eye level close to the trail--an awesome sighting.  Bewick’s Wrens, Swainson's Thrush, Chipping Sparrows and Warbling Vireos were heard all morning.

           Red-tailed Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Victoria saw and heard the following forty species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Coopers Hawk
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Northwestern Crow
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Tree Swallow
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Please Note:
Check this site (
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!  
The Sunday Bird Walk on May 26, 2019 will be going to Neck Point Park 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 Neck Point off Hammond Bay Road at about 9:15am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on May 28, 2019 will be going to the Englishman River, Shelly Road side in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking area) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a 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
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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