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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