Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk,March 20, 2012























Hutton's Vireo: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny with rain showers and a strong cold wind from the snow on Mount Arrowsmith. Fifteen Trumpeter Swans flew past high overhead. Large numbers of Brant Geese flew up the Strait of Georgia. Hundreds of Greater Scaup were spotted next to a gravel bar not far from shore. We spotted a Hutton's Vireo singing his heart out from a conifer tree. We saw a Northern Shrike near the river and one on the meadows near the R.V. Park. We watched as a female Northern Harrier stood motionless for a long time and then started hunting just above the grass.
Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species.
Canada Goose
Brant
Trumpeter Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Hutton's Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia

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