Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, october 29, 2013
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny but cool with calm winds. We spotted a large flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees feeding on a low conifer giving us great close views. Over one hundred Bonaparte's Gulls were bathing in the water with a large mixed flock of other gulls. Five Long-tailed Duck’s were diving and swimming just offshore. A raft of Bufflehead and one lone Common Goldeneye were floating on the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Northern Shrike chasing prey and then heading back to it’s perch on a short bush. We spotted a Wilson’s Snipe feeding at the end of the little pond just off the trail.
Wilson’s Snipe: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Seventeen birders including visiting birders from Montana and Victoria saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Great Blue Heron
Bonaparte's Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on November 05 will be going to Deep Bay.