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April 2011 Birdwalk

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Creeper-Sighting

It’s a long-standing tradition for Bob Yukich to lead our April Bird Walk. Sometimes it’s wet, but it’s almost always a productive walk. This year, participants were rewarded with good weather and good birds!

We found a wide variety of species including 5 species of warbler and 9 species of sparrow. April is still early for most of the warblers, and as expected, most of the warblers we saw were Yellow-rumped. They are always among the first to arrive.

By the end of the walk, we had tallied 64 species. Here’s the complete list:

Common Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-Necked Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night-heron

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Mallard

Gadwall

Long-tailed Duck

Common Goldeneye

Bufflehead

Red-breasted Merganser

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Killdeer

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Kingbird

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Nashville Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Palm Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Rufous-sided Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Purple Finch

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

As always, the walk was sponsored by Birds and Beans. Bird Friendly coffees help ensure that we have returning migrants to see each spring.

Here are some photos from the walk. Most of the birds were keeping their distance, so these photos are heavily cropped:

By-the-harbour
Myrtle-sighting
Palm-Warbler-from-below
Myrtle-lookinup

Above: Palm Warbler

Left: Male Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: the same male - a bit blurry, but I couldn’t resist the pose!

Myrtle-headon
Myrtle-Male-2
Myrtle-Female
Myrtle-Male
BCNH1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (female)

Left: One of several Black-crowned Night-herons roosting in the conifers near the Power House.

 

Next 4 below: Palm Warbler

Palm-Warbler
Palm-Warbler-peekaboo
Palm-Warbler-singing
Palm-Warbler-from-behind
Carolina-Wren
Carolina-Wren-singing

Carolina Wrens are most often heard before they’re seen. This one was no exception!

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