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 Post subject: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
PostPosted: Mar 31 7:57 pm 
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Queen Elizabeth Park is a great birding place located right in the center of Vancouver. Particularly in spring and fall it's an awesome place to see migrating songbirds, but great birds can be found in the park year-round. I visit the area often, so I've decided to make a thread to report my sightings from this park. As the spring songbird migration begins, Queen Elizabeth Park will be an awesome place to be if you are hoping to see migrant warblers, flycatchers, and more.


March 29 2015

MIGRATION:
1 RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, the first one of the season for me, and actually not a very plentiful bird at QE park.

There was a mixed songbird flock of mainly Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Black-capped Chickadees, but also in the flock were 3 migrant ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and one YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, two species whose numbers will be increasing as the spring progresses.

Other birds:
6 Varied Thrush, 1 Fox Sparrow, 1 Downy Woodpecker, and lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets



March 31 2015

MIGRATION:
2 GADWALL seen (a male and female together), as species that I usually don't see in the park during winter but arrive in spring as they nest in the park in Summer.

3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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What a wonderful idea for a thread Liron! Queen E is like a little migrant trap for warblers and other birds and May when fallout occurs is the best time there!

It's also one of the best places in Vancouver to get a passing through Calliope Hummingbird!

Remember when Brian Stech got the Blackpoll Warbler not too long ago?! Let's hope another turns up soon :wink:

I got my FOY Hutton's Vireo at QE park not long ago it has the same affect as Central Park does. Since it is right in the heart of the city the birds see the green space from above and filter in.


Look forward to hearing more of your sightings and hope others post them here as well!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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April 9 2015

MIGRATION:

1 Violet-green Swallow
1 singing Orange-crowned Warbler
3 or so singing Yellow-rumped Warblers


Other birds:

2 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Gadwall, a flock of Red Crossbills, 100+ Pine Siskins, and more!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Are there any particular spots in QE that are the best for birding? I took a walk around the park the other morning and was surprised by how little I saw. I did see an Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler and an Anna's Hummingbird, which were nice, but otherwise it was mostly just the usual suspects at the duck pond.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Birder2000 wrote:
April 9 2015

MIGRATION:

1 Violet-green Swallow
1 singing Orange-crowned Warbler
3 or so singing Yellow-rumped Warblers


Other birds:

2 Cooper's Hawk, 2 Gadwall, a flock of Red Crossbills, 100+ Pine Siskins, and more!


AWESOME!!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Jesse some great areas for birding are the rose garden, the large quarry garden, the small and large duck ponds, the small quarry garden and the large cedar trees where the creepers love. There are also some places with viewpoints at the top of the garden where sparrows like to hang out and thrushes. Near the restaurant there are rhododendrons that the hutton's vireos love.


Here is a map:


http://jaybanks.ca/images/golf/queen-el ... se-Map.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Here is a photo I got of the Orange-crowned Warbler on Thursday April 9th. I heard it singing and managed to locate it:

ImageOrange-crowned Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

The numbers of Orange-crowned Warblers will be increasing as spring progresses, and soon they and the Yellow-rumped Warblers will be joined by many more warbler species in Queen Elizabeth Park!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Thank you, Mel! :D I'll check out the spots you mentioned on my next trip to QE!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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April 17 2015

MIGRATION

Peter Candido saw a CASSIN'S VIREO in the park this morning.

Bill Denham saw a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE and some migrant warblers like a BLACK-THROATED GREY WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.

I went this afternoon and could not relocate anything other than Yellow-rumped Warblers, but I did see my first HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER of the year.



Also around were 5-7 GADWALL, 2 VARIED THRUSH, 2 RED CROSSBILL, 150+ PINE SISKIN and more.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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That's awesome Liron!!

QE in May is the best which is fast approaching! Hope for some rare warblers soon!

Congrats on the Hammond's!

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Liron is by the lawn bowling area in the park and saw a pacific- slope flycatcher, Cassin's vireo, Black-throated gray, Townsend's warbler , Wilson's Warbler and some Yellow-rumpeds and some band-tailed pigeons!

What a great day and time of year at QE!

Congrats Liron!

Ilya Povalyaev located two Mac warblers by seasons and the golf course and chipping sparrows earlier this morning in the park as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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Ilya Povalyaev and Liron Gertsman relocated the Nashville Warbler originally seen by Ben Keen at QE by the Tennis Courts this morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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There is no better time to be birding in QE Park than now!

This morning (April 25 2015) I saw many birds in the park including:
1 Cooper's hawk
2 Band-tailed Pigeon
1 Hammond's Flycatcher
1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
1 Cassin's Vireo
1 Varied Thrush
20 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
10 Yellow-rumped Warbler
12 Black-throated Gray Warbler
20 Townsend's Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler (first of the year for me)

Other birds seen today in the park but not by me included:
1 Chipping Sparrow
2 Common Loon (flyover)
4+ Hermit Thrush
3 Red Crossbill
1 Bewick's Wren
2 MacGillivray's Warbler

Yesterday, April 24th, birds seen that as far as I know where not seen on the 25th included 1 Townsend's Solitaire and 2 Hutton's Vireos.

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Here is a shot of the Nashville Warbler:

ImageNashville Warbler by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Park birding reports
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That's an absolutely stunning photo Liron!


Glad you and so many others had an awesome day there !


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