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June 2017 Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on May 10, 2017
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June 27, 2017 - Lot 10 in North Qualicum

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was sunny and very warm, but cooler in the forest.  A Barred Owl was spotted deep in the forest after we heard many loud noisy birds likely mobbing him at the start of the walk. Several Warbling Vireos, a Common Yellowthroat, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, a MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler  and Swainson's Thrush’s made appearances during the morning.  A Spotted Sandpiper was spotted feeding along the edge of the river. We watched as two Northern Rough-winged Swallows flew into their nest hole in the bank of the river.  A  Black-headed Grosbeak was singing continually from the top of a very tall conifer tree.

Nine birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following thirty-three Species:

Bald Eagle, Barred Owl, Turkey Vulture, Spotted Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, Common Raven, Northwester Crow, Anna’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker,  Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher,  Warbling Vireo,  Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Swallow,  Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  Pacific Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Black-throated Gray Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee,  Song Sparrow,  Black-headed Grosbeak, European Starling

Good Birding from Neil Robbins of THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

Please note-- This is the final Tuesday bird walk of the season.

The Tuesday bird walks will resume on September 5, 2017. 


June 13, 2017 - Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park 

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 13, 2017 went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Swift were seen hawking insects high above us at the beginning of the walk. Two Caspian Terns were spotted one was resting on a gravel bar and the other one was plunging in the water further offshore in search of prey. Two Pigeon Guillemots and an Marbled Murrelet were seen further off Shore. A Great Horned Owl was seen at the end of the walk being mobbed by a flock of American Robins.

Fifteen birders including visiting birders from Seattle and Australia saw and heard the following forty-two species:

Canada Geese, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Surf Scoter, Pelagic Cormorant, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Cooper’s Hawk, Glaucous-Winged Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Caspian Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Black Oystercatcher, European Starling, Rufous Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Black Swift, Tree Swallow, Violet-Green Swallow, Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Swanson’s Thrush, American Robin, Orange-Crowned Warbler, Black-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-Crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco & Purple Finch.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on June 20/17 will be going to The Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery.  Meet at The Parksville Community Park at the parking lot in front of the Lion's Playground at 9 a.m. or at the Brandt Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding from Neil Robins of THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

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