Bird Outing Report: Moorecroft Park, June 17, 2017

Seven birders went to Moorecroft R.P. in Nanoose Bay. The weather was overcast with a cool breeze off the water. The park was fairly quiet with only 20 species found. An early lunch there was freezing (the birders, not the lunch). After warming up with coffee and treats in Parksville we went to French Creek Marina (8 spp.), Qualicum Beach (6 spp.) and Deep Bay (15 spp.). Highlights were good looks at a singing Bewick’s Wren, and a pair of Western Tanagers, both at Moorecroft. A cool but enjoyable trip with no rain.

A grand total of 40 species was found :

Canada Goose
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager
House Finch

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday June 25th 2017, Public Walk Nymph Falls

Sunday  June 25 Public Walk Nymph Falls, 9:30 Forbidden Plateau Road.

Nymph Falls Park is not just for mushroom walks in the fall, but is a very popular walking park the year around. Loys will lead the group along the shores of Puntledge River on this very popular Public walk. Participants will meet at the main entrance of Nymph Falls Regional Park on Forbidden Plateau Road at 9:30.

The walk is on forest trails, and includes a gentle incline on the way out as you go upstream. This is a very popular swimming hole, and if the weather is warm you will want to have water with you and wear sturdy shoes. The walk will be about 3 hours long. The park has restrooms.

Note that there is no access to Forbidden Plateau Road from the new highway; you will have to access the road from Piercy Road.

A link to the Park trail map is here:

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Upcoming Walk: Sunday June 25th 2017, NatureKids Little River Park

Sunday, June 25 NatureKids  Little River Park, 9:30 am

Meet at 9:30 am at park entrance on Wilkinson Road off Ellenor Road (near Comox to Powell River ferry terminal). This little park is rarely visited, except by the local residents. The park features two marsh areas, and is a good site for bird watching and just relaxing in general. The park is flat, as befits a foreshore area, and has no facilities.

For details about the park, check out the link below:

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday June 10th 2017, Lower Morrison Creek- Puntledge River

Saturday. June 10 Lower Morrison Creek- Puntledge River

Steph Nathan will lead you on a walk through  the lower reaches of Morrison Creek today. No car- pooling is required as you can park on Lake Trail Road, near the Lake Trail School’s ball field. You will visit the Roy Stewart Morrison Nature Park, then cross over to continue Malcolm Morrison/First Street Park. After a short walk along quiet residential streets, you will enter Ruth Masters Greenway, and follow the Puntledge River downstream to Bear James Park.  We will have a few cars are parked on Robert Lang Drive to take the drivers back to their cars on Lake Trail Road. Those who wish to, can continue down Robert Lang Drive to Puntledge Park for pickup at the main entrance to Puntledge Park, near the  restrooms on 1st Street.  .


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