Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 19, 2011

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach and French Creek. The morning was a perfect spring morning--sunny with a breeze off the Strait of Georgia. There were several flocks of Brant flying just above the water. Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Mergansers, a Common Murre, a Marbled Murrelet, a Horned Grebe and a Red-necked Grebe were on the Strait. We saw several Yellow-rumped Warblers high up in the Alder trees along Frech Creek. An Orange-crowned Warbler was perched and singing at the top of a bush giving us great views. We spotted two Savannah Sparrows fly into the grass near French Creek. The Sparrows both perched on a Blackberry branch for us to view.
Twenty birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species of birds:
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
California Quail
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Rock Pigeon
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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