Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 01, 2013

 
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning started out sunny and warm but turned cloudy and windy near the end of the walk.  There was no rain, though!   We spotted a Varied Thrush on a bush near the parking lot.  There were many Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Pacific Loons and Common Loons on the water.  We also spotted one Red-throated Loon not far offshore. Several large flocks of American Widgeon flew up the Straight of Georgia.  Three large flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls flew down the Strait just above the water. 
American Widgeons and a White-winged Scoter in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo: 
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Canada Goose
Mallard
American Widgeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Mergansers
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch 
Bonaparte's Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo. 
The Tuesday bird walk on October 08 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. We will meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lions Club playground at 9:00 a.m. or the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 

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