Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Parksville/ Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 09, 2013

              Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach and French Creek. The morning was cloudy with light rain and a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing two Clark’s Grebes in with about twenty Western Grebes not far from shore. We spotted several Common Murre, two Rhinoceros Auklet, two Marbled Murrelet and a Pigeon Guillemot on the Strait. Three Yellow-rumped Warblers were feeding in a tall Alder Tree near French Creek.  A Fox Sparrow put in a quick appearance at the end of the walk.
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-seven species:
Canada Goose
Brant
Eurasian Widgeon
American Widgeon
Mallard
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Rhinoceros Auklet
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow 

The Tuesday bird walk on April 16 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville. 
 
 

 
Red-breasted Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

Here is an interesting website re-the Coastal Tar Sands-

http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/


 

 


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