Saturday, May 26, 2007

Caspian Tern

This morning Lori and I headed out for a slow paced birding day! Our route took us to The Little Qualicum Estuary, Riverside Resort, Qualicum Beach, Parker Road, The Englishman River Estuary and Rivers Edge Road in Parksville. Though we didn't plan it that way we were trying for some year birds en-route. Our target birds were; Willow Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black Swift and Caspian Tern! We lucked out and got them all, with lots of other great birds as well! (Species list below). The weather was great for birding. Nice and warm and a little cloud cover. It was refreshing to really take our time and enjoy each moment! Ok, we did occasionally say "what else can we get today?"..but all in all, very casual.

Species List for Saturday 26th May 2007: (72)
Common Loon 1
Pacific Loon 2
Canada Goose
Harlequin Duck 2
White-winged Scoter 10
Bufflehead 1
Hooded Merganser 1 (female)
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ruffed Grouse 1
California Quail 3
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 15ish
Bald Eagle yes
Merlin 1
Killdeer 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Mew Gull 5
Califonia Gull 3
Glaucous-winged Gull yes
Caspian Tern 10
Rock Pigeon 2
Black Swift 11
Rufous Hummingbird lots
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1 (female)
Northern Flicker yes
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 2
Willow Flycatcher 10
Hammond's Flycatcher 15+
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 20+
Warbling Vireo lots!
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven 2
Purple Martin 1 (female)
Violet-green Swallow 50
Barn Swallow 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee lots
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2
Winter Wren-4
Golden-crowned Kinglet-8
Swainson's Thrush-everywhere
American Robin-yes
European Starling-yep
Cedar Waxwing-20+
Orange-crowned Warbler 8+
Yellow Warbler-lots
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 (male Audubon's)
Black-throated Gray Warbler-5
Townsend's Warbler-2
MacGillivray's Warbler-6
Wilson's Warbler-2
Western Tanager-4
Spotted Towhee-lots
Chipping Sparrow-2+
Savannah Sparrow-1
Song Sparrow-10
White-crowned Sparrow-yep
Dark-eyed Junco-5
Black-headed Grosbeak-2
Red-winged Blackbird-some
Brewer's Blackbird-ummm..a few
Brown-headed Cowbird-8ish
Purple Finch-6
House Finch-10? dunno
American Goldfinch-12
House Sparrow-4