Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, october 28, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with rain and wild winds off the Strait of Georgia as we felt the remnants of Hurricane Ana’s heavy rains and wind.  Pacific and Bewick’s Wrens caught our attention as  we saw them low in the bushes. We spotted a Varied Thrush high up in a conifer tree.  We watched as a Red-tailed Hawk hovered in the wind for several minutes high above trees . A Pileated Woodpecker was busy pecking for bugs on a dead snag just off the road.  A Harlequin Duck, three Bufflehead and several Surf Scoters flew past fast over the Strait.
                        
                                          Pacific Wren: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                               
 
 
 
     
                                                    Bufflehead: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Six wet and wind driven birders saw and heard the following thirty species:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
 
The Tuesday bird walk on November 04, 2014 will once again be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.
                                                                                                            

  Pileated Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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