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Thursday, May 28, 2015

A pair of Bullock’s Oriole were spotted in French Creek.

A pair of Bullock’s Orioles were spotted in French Creek, this morning, they were seen along Lowry's Road near Hodges Road.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Whimbrel sightings in Parksville

Three Whimbrels were seen on the mud flats on the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. This morning, May 27, 2015


Here are the latest that we know of the Whimbrel sightings:

Tuesday May 26: a sighting from the Little Qualicum River Estuary, seen by the parking area on Surfside.
Monday May 25: sighting at Pipers Lagoon in Nanaimo.
Saturday May 23: seen in the mud flat during low tide at the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, May 26, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm. As the morning went on, the clouds moved out and it was sunny and warm.   Fourteen Turkey Vultures were catching a thermo high above us at the start of the walk.  We watched Red-breasted Sapsuckers just off the trail.  We  spotted a Rufous Hummingbird's nest with a young hummingbird being fed by female Rufous Hummingbird.  Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Hammond’s Flycatchers, Warbling Vireos and Swainson's Thrush were heard and seen throughout the morning.  We watched Black-throated Gray Warblers and a MacGillivray's Warbler feeding and singing not far from the trail.  An American Dipper and it’s fledgling  caught our attention on the river. The young one was constantly calling, keeping the adult busy searching for food for it under the water.    

                                                                  American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                         

Nineteen birders including visiting birders from Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
American Dipper
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Rufous Hummingbird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

                                                             MacGillivray's Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on June 02, 2015 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. 

Good birding
Neil Robins



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Black Bear on the birdwalk.

Hi birders,
The Sunday bird walk went to Morrell Sanctuary in Nanaimo, today a few of the birders saw a black bear run across the path and disappeared into the woods.