Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,March 15, 2011
Top Photo--Winter Storm Watch birders: Marie Sprandel Photo.
Bottom Photo--Brant in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach and Parksville Bay. A West Coast Winter Storm greeted us for the morning. The surf was up and strong winds and heavy rain were with us all morning. The big surprise of the morning was the sighting of one Bonaparte's Gull at the start of the walk. Hundreds of gulls, Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters were seen further off shore heading down the Strait of Georgia. We spotted three Eurasian Collared Doves perched in a tree along Admiral Tryon Blvd. Thousands upon thousands of Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoter,
Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye and Brant formed a massive moving raft offshore from the hovercraft landing pad at Parksville Beach.
"A NATURAL PHENOMENON!!"
Five very wet birders saw and heard the following forty-one species of birds.
Eurasian Collared Dove