Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,March 22, 2011


Greater Scaup in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to Parksville Bay and Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the wind was calm for most of the morning. Ten Trumpeter Swan's flew over heading up island. Hundreds of Brant Geese flew in and landed near the tide line. Thousands upon thousands of Gulls were along the shoreline for most of the morning. We were able to closely observe Bonaparte's Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls, two Herring Gulls, a Western Gull, and a Glaucous Gull. We saw thousands of Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck , Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and Barrow's Goldeneye in a hugh moving raft off Parksville Bay.

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species of birds:
Canada Goose
Brant
Trumpeter Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia

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