Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 25, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny with cloudy periods and the Strait of Georgia like a glass mirror.  Heavy snow covered the trails but the morning made for a pleasant walk. There were hundreds of Dunlin, a large number of Black-bellied Plovers and fifty Brant near the low tide line. We spotted four Red Crossbills singing from top a conifer tree. Long-tailed Ducks, Pacific Loons and five Common Murre were spotted further offshore.
 
                                                                 Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Two birders saw and heard the following thirty-two species:
Brant
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Eurasian Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill 

The Tuesday bird walk on March 04, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

The Sunday bird walk on March 02, 2014 will be going to Bowen Park in Nanaimo. 
 
                                                      Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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