Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, March 05, 2013

Glaucous Gull, Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm. We were greeted with thousands upon thousands of gulls, huge numbers of sea lions, seals and fishing boats when we arrived. The Herring spawn has begun! We spotted a Eurasian Wigeon and one Brant in with the gulls at the gravel bar. Several flocks of Brant flew over the water. Mew Gulls, California Gulls, a Ring-billed Gull, a Herring Gull, a Western Gull, a Glaucous Gull and a large number of Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen through out the morning.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Northern Shrike
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Mew Gull
California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Western Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Sparrow
The Tuesday bird walk on March 12 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.
Good birding!
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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