Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,December 21, 2010

Harlequin Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Hi birders,

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach, The morning was cloudy and the wind off the water was very strong. The tide was high. We saw a flock of twenty Brant Geese flying high overhead and seven Brant flying low over the water--all heading down the Strait of Georgia.
Rafts of Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebe's, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants were seen not far offshore bouncing on the hugh waves.

Nine birders saw and heard the following thirty-seven species of birds:
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Rock Pigeon
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Sparrow

Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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