Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 11, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning started out clear and cool and then turned very windy with rough seas near the end of the walk. Many flocks of Brant, Surf Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were heading down the Strait of Georgia. Three Black-bellied Plovers, two Killdeer, a Greater Yellowlegs and a Eurasian Widgeon were near the gravel bar.  A large flock of American Robins, White-crowned Sparrows and Chestnut-backed Chickadees entertained us just off the road.
                                                Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Eight birders saw and heard the following forty-eight species:
Canada Goose
Brant
Eurasian Widgeon
American Widgeon
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye 
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Eurasian-collared Dove
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
House Sparrow 

The Tuesday bird walk on February 18, 2014 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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