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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Apr 26 8:17 am 
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Multiple observers viewed a towmsend's solitaire today by the rose garden

Also Cassin's vireo and Mac Warbler and Chipping Sparrows were also all viewed this morning!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Apr 26 11:45 am 
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Bridget, Virgnia and I and other multiple observers today saw a female Black- throated and female townsend's warbler and many red crossbills by lawn bowling centre , 1 townsend's solitaire by the transmission tower at upper parking lot, hermit thrush and Hammond's flycatcher in the maple tree by the meadow overlooking the large quarry. Two hutton's vireos near the duck pond! We heard a warbling video by tennis courts!

Great day in QE couldn't relocate the NAWA or the Mac Warbler (seen by the blackberry bushes under seasons in the park) or the Chipping Sparrows.



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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Apr 26 2:31 pm 
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As Mel posted, more great birds continued at QE today. This was actually fairly surprising as usually on days with nice weather through the night there is not too much migration activity!

Today migrant birds seen in the park included:

Cassin's Vireo - I located one and observed it with Raymond Ng in the NW side of the park at around 7:30 AM. As far as I know this was the only Cassin's Vireo seen (so far) today at QE.

Hutton's Vireo - at least 2 were present in the park and seen by many

Warbling Vireos - first of the season for QE, I did not see them but many did

1 Townsend's Solitaire - Probably the same bird that has been at the park for a while, seen well on the tops of trees by the main parking lot at the top of QE

Warblers:
Early morning hours (up to 6:45 AM or so) apparently had some great warbler flocks moving through. Warblers were still present later on but in much lower numbers.

Orange-crowned Warbler - everywhere, singing

Yellow-rumped Warbler - everywhere, singing

Black-throated Gray Warbler - apparently everywhere in very early hours, only a few seen after 7:30 or so.

Townsend's Warbler - apparently everywhere in very early hours, only a few seen after 7:30 or so. More numerous than Black-throated Grays from what I saw

Wilson's Warbler - I saw one but 3 or more were seen today

MacGillivray's Warbler I could not locate it but it was apparently seen early in the morning at the season's restaurant with Orange-crowned Warblers and was singing

Other birds
1-2 Sharp-shinned Hawks
2 Cooper's Hawk
1 Northern Harrier (I did not see it but others did)
Red Crossbills - individual birds and small flocks
1 Hammond's Flycatcher
1 Bewick's Wren
Violet-green Swallows
Hermit Thrushes
Varied Thrushes
Fox Sparrow
Purple Finch
Rufous Hummingbird
and more!

It it supposed to rain a bit overnight so there may be some good action early in the morning tomorrow. If it is still raining in the morning, don't be afraid to get out because it could be worth it! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Apr 26 5:00 pm 
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Some more photos from QE from the past couple days:

ImageTownsend's Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageYellow-rumped Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageHutton's Vireo by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageTownsend's Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageCassin's Vireo by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageTownsend's Solitaire by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageCassin's Vireo by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageTownsend's Solitaire by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageBlack-throated Gray Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageOrange-crowned Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageNashville Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr


Thanks for looking! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Apr 27 7:59 am 
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Thanks for the full report! The black throated gray warblers and townsend's warblers and Myrtle warblers continued near the crossbills after 10am by the lawn bowling centre.
The Hammond's flycatcher was present also by the large quarry in the same tree you saw the Cassin's vireo! I'm so glad the Warbling Vireos are back when I heard their song yesterday I was so happy :)

I ran into Cole Gaerber in the park and he found a hybrid golden crowned x white crowned sparrow in the area where the white throated sparrow was previously reported (upper area near large quarry has a bench and looks over ring road)

Your shots are gorgeous Liron! Stunning work! Thanks for posting!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Mike Toochin and Liron Gertsman found a Dusky Flycatcher on the NW slope of QE Park near the bench above large quarry where WTSP have been reported in the past and Liron Gertsman also found the chipping sparrows near the parking lot near the rose garden and tennis courts.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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April 27 2015

It rained overnight so I was expecting some good migration movement today. It was actually relatively quiet which was very surprising!

I got up there early but warbler flocks didn't really show up anywhere until about an hour later (7:45 AM or so is when things picked up). It was raining so there wasn't much singing going on, and these flocks were staying high up in the trees.

Migration:

Warblers
Yellow-rumped Warblers - everywhere, even before things started to pick up
Orange-crowned Warblers - good numbers and lots of singing birds, but not as many as Yellow-rumped Warblers
Townsend's Warblers - only a few, I had 4 but others saw a few more
Wilson's Warblers - I only had one, but others had a couple more.

I did not see any other warbler species, though there were apparently a few Black-throated Gray Warblers around.


Flycatchers
All of these were on the NW slope
1 Hammond's Flycatcher
1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
1 DUSKY FLYCATCHER - a hard bird in Vancouver, though a few usually show up every year. Probably often overlooked due to extreme similarities with Hammond's Flycatchers! This one was spotted by Mike Toochin on the NW slope. I got some photos if it which I will post here soon.


Other birds:
There were 2 Chipping Sparrows on the SW slope
A few Lincoln's Sparrows were around
Lots of Pine Siskins, 8 or so Red Crossbill and 1 Purple Finch
1 singing Brown-headed Cowbird

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Apr 27 5:22 pm 
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Here is a photo of the Dusky Flycatcher

ImageDusky Flycatcher by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr


And a record shot of one of the Chipping Sparrows

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Beautiful shots of the dusky!

Cheers and congrats

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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There was a big fallout in QE this am esp. on south side by lawn bowling - lots of Wilson's, Black-throated Gray, townsend's warbler, 2 western tanagers, warbling & cassin's vireo, 2 Vaux' swift, pine grosbeak, band-tailed pigeon. Chipping sp. still singing across the street.

Peter Candido spotted all these with multiple observers.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Rob Lyske found a NAWA at QE west of rose garden by cherry trees. Bird is still present as of 3pm.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Thanks for all the great info. Cheers.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Apr 28 5:32 pm 
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April 28 2015 - migration summery for QE

Due to school I didn't make it out there today, but lots of good birds were seen!

Apparently there was lots of action around the lawn bowling club.

Warblers
Hundreds of Orange-crowned Warblers
Hundreds of Yellow-rumped Warblers
Many Wilson's Warblers
Many Black-throated Gray Warblers
Many Townsend's Warblers
1 early Yellow Warbler seen in the afternoon
Nashville Warbler- west of rose garden by cherry trees, still there as of 3 PM

Other migrants
Warbling Vireos
Cassin's Vireo
Western Tanager
Pine Grosbeak
Band-tailed Pigeon
Vaux's Swifts
Chipping Sparrows


This is the absolute best time to be at QE Park! :)

As far as I have heard the Dusky Flycatcher has NOT been seen today

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And a female Common yellowthroat by the pond this morning.


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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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allenzhu wrote:
And a female Common yellowthroat by the pond this morning.


Cool! :) I rarely see yellowthroats in the park!


April 29 2015 - migration summary for QE

Dan Tyson reports good migration with Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray, Wilson's and Townsend's Warblers seen. Hutton's and Warbling Vireos were also seen, as were Western Tanager, Savannah Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow.

I visited QE in the afternoon and 40+ Orange-crowned Warblers were in the trees around the lawn bowling club with around 12 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 6 Townsend's Warblers and 1 Wilson's Warbler. I also got a brief view of a NASHVILLE WARBLER through binoculars in a tree by the lawn bowling club as it fed with Orange-crowned Warblers.

I also located a singing Hutton's Vireo and heard a singing Chipping Sparrow by the tennis courts.

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