Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, January 07, 2014


The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy, a little windy with a high tide. A flock of Common Goldeneye were riding the waves with a single female Greater Scaup close to shore.  Common Murre, Ancient Murrelet and Marbled Murrelet were spotted flying down the Strait of Georgia for most of the morning.  Hundreds of Pacific Loon were seen further offshore. Twelve Black Oystercatchers were resting on point at the pond.

                                       Greater Scaup; Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                                 

 Fifteen saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Northern Flicker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Purple Finch
House Sparrow 

The Tuesday bird walk on January 14, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay.               

                 Black Oystercatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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