Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 14, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay with a quick stop at Nile Creek. The morning was cloudy and very windy with a light shower to finish off the morning.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head just above us, giving us great views. Two Bald Eagles were spotted on their nest high in a tall conifer. Two Yellow-rumped Warbler’s and a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglet’s were seen in the bushes just off the trail.  Large numbers of Harlequin Duck’s, Surf Scoter’s, White-winged Scoter’s, a few Black Scoter’s, Long-tailed Duck’s and Greater Scaup were seen just offshore. Three Western Grebe’s, several Red-necked Grebe’s and Horned Grebe’s were seen throughout the morning on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese flew high overhead heading west. Two Heermann's Gull’s along with Mew Gull’s, California Gull’s, Thayer's Gull’s and Glaucous-winged Gull’s were seen at the Nile Creek Estuary.

                                   

                                                              Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                               

 Nineteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Trumpeter Swan
Greater White-fronted Geese
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Heermann's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch 

The Tuesday bird walk on October 21, 2014 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.  

                                                                                       
          Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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