Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, October 07, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, making for a great morning of birding. We heard a  Pacific Wren singing at the start of the walk.  An Eurasian Wigeon was spotted near the shore swimming with the American Wigeons. Several flocks of Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were heading down the Strait of Georgia. A Western Grebe was seen near the shore. There were a large number of Pacific Loons on the Strait.                             

 
                                                              White-winged Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.   
                                       

 

Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Harlequin Duck
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Marbled Murrelet
Pelagic Cormorant
Doubled-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Killdeer
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Eurasian-collared Dove 
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow 
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch  

The Tuesday bird walk on October 14, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay, Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Marina at the dock in Deep Bay at about 9:35 a.m.  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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