Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 26, 2013

               California Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with strong biting winds and misty rain at the end of the walk. We saw nine Northern Flickers perched throughout the forest during the morning. A Northern Shrike put in several appearances perching in different locations after chasing prey. We spotted two California Gulls roosting on a sand bar near shore in with a huge number of Mew Gulls, Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls.
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Dunlin
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet,
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Pine Siskin
House Finch

The Tuesday bird walk on March 05, 2013 will be going to Columbia Beach.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
British Columbia

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