Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 08, 2013

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary Plummer Road side. The morning was very windy as there was a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. The tide was very high and we were not able to walk along the shore of the estuary. The surf was up, but we did manage to spot two Pacific Loons in breeding plumage in the surf. A large flock of Pacific Loons and Surf Scoters flew down the Strait. A good number of American Robins, Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Dark-eyed Juncos spent most of the morning flying and perched. We spotted our first of the year Eurasian Widgeon in with a flock of American Widgeons on the receding tide.
Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Canada Goose, American Widgeon, Eurasian Widgeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter,
White-winged Scoter, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, European Starling,  Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Anna’s Hummingbird, Bewick's Wren, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and Purple Finch.
The Tuesday bird walk on October 15 will be going the the Little Qualicum Rover Estuary in Qualicum Beach. We will meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Playground in Parksville at 9:00 a.m.or at the Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:25 a.m.
The Sunday bird walk on October 13 will be going to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo.
American Robins: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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