Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 21, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was overcast calm winds and the Strait Of Georgia was calm. We saw several Northern Flickers high in the conifers roosting throughout the morning. Two Pileated Woodpeckers flew from tree to tree giving us great views. Eleven Trumpeter Swans flew overhead. Several flocks of Brant flew over the Strait. Golden-crowned Kinglets were feeding low to the ground making it easy to view them. we spotted several flocks of Western Grebe, Ancient Murrelet and Marbled Murrelet further offshore.

                              Brant in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                                         
 
                            
                                                Pileated Woodpecker; Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Nineteen birders saw and head the following fifty-one species:
Trumpeter Swan
Brant
Canada Goose
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Thayer's Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Belted Kingfisher
Anna’s Hummingbird
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird 
House Finch
 

    
                                            Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on January 28 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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