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Sunday, March 17, 2013:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum
Beach. The morning was cloudy and calm. The shoreline at the viewing platform
off Highway 19A was covered with gulls for as far as the eye could see. Brant
Geese, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Bufflehead, Common
Goldeneye and Long-tailed Ducks formed a massive raft further off shore. The
Gulls took up the similar huge area at the estuary. They lifted and circled the
sky and landed on the gravel bars when an Eagle flew over. There was a large
raft of Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye and Barrow’s Goldeneye near the
shoreline. Further off shore there were large numbers of mixed flocks of
seabirds—much the same as we saw at the viewing platform earlier in the
morning. Over ten Violet-green Swallows flew over head hawking
insects and we spotted a Red Crossbill at the top of a bush as we neared the
estuary. We caught the sight of four White-winged Crossbills perched on top
of a conifer across the Conservation area. The bold white-wing markings and
the black scapulars of the White-winged Crossbills were very distinctive through our spotting scopes.
The White-wing Crossbills stayed for a long period, giving us all long studying
looks. The White-winged Crossbills are normally found in areas outside of
southern British Columbia. This is the first sighting of them for the Tuesday bird
walks, making a terrific end to a great day of birding!.
Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Goose, Brant, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck,
Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed
Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Merganser,
Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Great Blue
Heron, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Killdeer, Mew Gull,
California Gull, Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher,
Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Violet-green Swallow,
American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird,
Brewer’s Blackbird, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, House Finch and Song
“ Rare bird alert- Palm Warbler”
A Palm Warbler was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary near the Viewing
Platform again today. The Palm Warbler is usually seen east of the Rockies.
Monday, March 11:
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Cedar Waxwings were seen at
Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo.
“Rare Bird Alert- Citrine Wagtail”
The Citrine Wagtail was seen once again in Courtenay on March 07.
Directions to specific location: From Courtenay, cross the 17th St. Bridge
(Courtenay River). Turn right onto Comox Road (Dyke Rd) until the Pumping Station
on the right hand side of the road. There is a dirt road across the road with a
For Sale sign on the left. Walk up the dirt road towards the steel chain blocking
Vehicle access. The Wagtail has been observed on the left side of dirt road at the
furthest row of trees.
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