Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,March 08, 2011


White-winged Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary near Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with a brisk wind and a bit of sun throughout the morning.
Gulls flew overhead all morning. We saw over four hundred Brant Geese near shore at the viewing platform in Qualicum Beach. Black Oystercatchers and Black Turnstones were also along the shoreline. Red-throated Loons, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes were further offshore. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was perched along the Little Qualicum River at the estuary on a tall snag giving us great looks. A large raft of Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Greater Scaup were seen near the gravel bar.

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-five species of birds.
Canada Goose
Brant
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird

Good birding!
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia

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