Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,December 14, 2010


Eurasian Wigeon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side. The morning was cloudy and quite cool with a breeze off the water. Among the highlights was the sighting of twelve Brant Geese, California Gulls, Common Loon, Black Turnstone's and a Western Gull near the meeting spot at Parksville Bay. We saw a Hermit Thrush on the trail near a large conifer tree. A large mixed flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets kept us entertained as they moved along the ground feeding. We spotted three Gadwall and three Eurasian Wigeon on the estuary.

Twelve birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species of birds:
Canada Goose
Brant
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia

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