Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,February 15, 2011

Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Hi Birders,

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a stiff wind off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing thirty-eight Brant Geese fly in and land just off shore. A large flock of Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover and Black Turnstone were seen right on the tide line. A large flock of Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls and several Glaucous-winged Gulls were roosting on a gravel bar near the shore. Several flocks with six to nine Common Murre flew down the Strait of Georgia throughout the morning. We spotted a Pigeon Guillemot, a Marbled Murrelet and a Cassin's Auklet bouncing on the waves further off shore.

Fifteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species of birds:
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Cassin's Auklet
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Good birding,
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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