Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny a bit cool with calm winds making for a pleasant morning of birding. We saw several pairs of Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned  Kinglets in the bushes along the trail. Four Gadwall were feeding just off the mud flats. Over one thousand Surf Scoters along with Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and Bufflehead. Six Long-tailed Ducks were seen not far off shore diving and swimming along with Harlequin Ducks. We were surprised with the sighting of a large flock of Bushtits feeding in the bushes at the end of walk.
                                                      Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Greater Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch 

The Tuesday bird walk on March 18 will be going to Columbia Beach. 

                                                               Long-tailed Ducks: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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