Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,March 13, 2012

Brant in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach, French Creek and Morningstar Ponds. The morning was sunny and warm which made for a great morning of birding. A flock of Greater White-fronted Geese flew past high over head. Thousands of Gulls were in a hugh raft on the Strait of Georgia. Large numbers of Brant Geese flew in with the Gulls throughout the morning. Black-bellied Plovers, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone and Dunlin were roosting on the point at French Creek. We spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler flycatching on the Alder Trees at the Morningstar Ponds.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Common Murre
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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