Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach tuesday bird walk, March 25, 2014

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with light showers but we did see a few sunny periods.  There was a strong wing off the Strait of Georgia.  We started the walk with the sighting of a Red-breasted Sapsucker tapping on a tall tree.  An Anna’s Hummingbird perched on a tall bush near the trail. Two Band-tailed Pigeons landed in a tall conifer tree.  Four Eurasian Widgeons and four Gadwalls were feeding with a flock of American Widgeons.  A large flock of Mew Gulls, California Gulls,Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen along a gravel bar and a large flock of Pelagic Cormorants and Doubled-crested Cormorants flew past heading down the strait.

 
                                               
 
                                           Pelagic Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                             
Fourteen birders including two visiting birders from Ontario saw and heard the following fifty-one species;
Canada Goose
Brant
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Barrows Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Doubled-crested Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Violet-green Swallow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch              

 
                                                        
                                                           Anna’s Hummingbird: Marie Sprandel Photo.                           

The Tuesday bird walk on April 01 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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