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May 2017 Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on May 4, 2017
Black-headed Grosbeak
Black-headed GrosbeakWarbling Vireo 
May 2, 2017 - Lot Ten, Qualicum Beach

The Tuesday bird walk went to Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and calm winds. We heard a Hammond's Flycatcher singing and were finally able to see him as he moved in just above us near the trail.

A Warbling Vireo and a Wilson's Warbler in a short bush gave us great views. We spotted a female Hairy Woodpecker feeding along a tree trunk next to the trail. A little further on the trail we saw a male Downy Woodpecker also feeding on a tall tree. We heard American Robins mobbing a bird and then spotted a Barred Owl in plain view, ignoring the mobbing robins. Three small shrew were seen along the trail.

Seventeen birders including visiting birders from the United Kingdom and Ontario saw and heard thirty-five species including:

Canada Geese, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl, Glaucous-winged Gull, California Quail, Anna’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Hammond's Flycatcher, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Gold-Crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Orange-Crowned Warbler, Black-Throated Gray Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Golden-Crowned Sparrow and Song Sparrow
The Tuesday bird walk on May 09, 2017 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road( on the ocean side of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. - Good Birding from Neil Robins of The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store of Nanaimo

May 9, 2017 - Top Bridge, Parksville BC

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy with misty rain but finished off with sunny skies and calm winds.  We saw fourteen Whimbrel flying low over the shoreline before the walk at the Parksville Community Park. A Chipping Sparrow was singing from the top of a tall tree near the trail. We could hear a Black-headed Grosbeak singing in the distance and we tracked him until we found him down further along a trail.  A Swainson’s Thrush was spotted perched on a stump in the forest. After hearing Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing for most of the morning we watched as one was feeding not far from us. Band-tailed Pigeons, Turkey Vultures and two Bald Eagles flew high over head.

Thirteen birders, including visiting birders from Alberta and Australia saw and heard the following thirty species: Whimbrel, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Rufous Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, California Quail, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, American Robin, Black-headed Grosbeak, Swainson’s Thrush, Band-tailed Pigeon, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Spotted Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch

The Tuesday bird walk on May 23, 2017 will be going to Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Moorecroft Park (off Northwest Road and Stewart Road--follow the signs) at about 9:15 a.m.

Good birding from Neil Robins of The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store

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