Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 02, 2010


Western Meadowlark: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and quite warm. The winds and seas were calm. The highlights included seeing eight Snow Geese at Parksville Bay before the walk. A Hutton's Vireo and a Warbling Vireo were gleaning insects on a tree just off the trail along the river.
We spotted a Gadwall, a Common Goldeneye and a Eurasian Wigeon in with a large flock of American Wigeon near the shoreline. A Cooper's Hawk was perched in a tall conifer tree along the river. A Short-eared Owl flew over the estuary and quickly disappeared. We watched as a Western Meadowlark perched on a bush near the trail and then flew onto an open meadow to join three other Western Meadowlarks that were perched on the root of a log. We had great looks at them as they posed for us. We spotted a Northern Shrike perched on a bush.

Twenty-six birders saw and heard the following sixty-four species of birds:
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Killdeer
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Californian Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Short-eared Owl
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch
House Finch

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