Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 03, 2013
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was bright and sunny but cool with a biting wind blowing in from the Strait of Georgia. Hundreds of Mallards, American Widgeon, Northern Pintail and Green-wing Teal were feeding on the mudflats at low tide. Four Hooded Mergansers and two Gadwall were swimming on the River. Several large flocks, numbering over two hundred, Brant Geese flew in and landed on the Strait during the morning. We spotted a Western Grebe far off shore. A flock of twelve Long-tailed Ducks flew low over the Strait. Two small flocks of Black Turnstones flew past heading to the estuary. It was an active morning for birding!
Brant Geese: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species.
The Tuesday bird walk on December 10 will be going to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side.
Purple Finch: Ralph Hocken Photo.