Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, January 14, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay the morning was very foggy making for a challenging morning of bird watching.  Hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and singing Black Scoters formed a large raft that lifted when Bald Eagles flew over. Two Long-tailed Ducks were close to shore diving occasionally and popping up again, giving us great views. Six Trumpeter Swans flew silently overhead.
                                          Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                    

 Twenty-two  birders including visiting birders from Michigan, Illinois and Nova Scotia saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
American Widgeon
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch 

The Tuesday bird walk on January 21 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

                                                Ring-billed Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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