With two other birders, we started out at the Tofino mudflats. In the spring, this is the location of mass gatherings of migratory peeps, particularly Western Sandpipers and Dunlin. As it was midsummer, things were a little quieter but we did see Western Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Whimbrel. A mixed flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Golden-crowned Kinglets made their way through the treetops along the water's edge and a Belted Kingfisher dove into the water, making a successful catch.
|Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Poecile rufescens|
Through a combination of patience and pishing, George skillfully located all three species of breeding warbler in the park - Townsend's, Orange-crowned, and Wilson's. Orange-crowned was a lifer for me and these were by far the best views I've ever had of the stunning Townsend's. In fact, I was so captivated with the binocular and scope views that I only got my camera out for the Wilson's!
|Wilson's Warbler, Wilsonia pusilla|
|Red Crossbill, Loxia curvirostra, female - digiscoped|
A Brandt's Cormorant made a fly past appearance and there were more scoters as well as some Pigeon Guillemots. This picture was taken on a boat trip the previous day but it seemed worth including here.
|Pigeon Guillemots, Cepphus columba|
Thanks to George and Just Birding for an informative morning of birding - we saw about 30 species but more importantly I learned a lot about all of them. The tour was well worth the price and I recommend it to anyone who is fortunate enough to have a chance to bird the Pacific Rim National Park.