Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,January 18, 2011

Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary north of Qualicum Beach. Light showers, but calm winds and calm seas were with us throughout the morning. The highlights included seeing a Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones and
Dunlin from the viewing platform in Qualicum Beach. A large flock of Bushtits swarmed the Rose Bushes at the Estuary. Rafts of Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, over 300 Black Scoters, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye were just off shore. Further offshore there were thousands upon thousands of Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot and Marbled Murrelet in a huge raft as far as we could see in the scope.

Eight birders saw and heard the following thiry-seven species of birds:
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Belted Kingfisher
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

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