Tuesday, 5 November 2013

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

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and the water was like a glass mirror. The surprise of the morning was the sighting of a Surfbird feeding in with a mixed flock of Dunlin, Black Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers on the near shore. We spotted a flock of over two hundred Dunlin on the far shore away from the Marina. We saw large rafts of Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Bufflehead throughout the morning.                        

Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Dunlin
Black Turnstone
Surfbird
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch  

Surfbird: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on November 12 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. 

Good birding!
Neil Robins
Parksville

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