Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 04, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny with a light breeze off the Strait of Georgia making for a great morning of birding. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of a Rhinoceros Auklet on the Strait. Hundreds of Dunlin and a large number of Black-bellied Plovers were feeding long the tideline and on the tide pools. We spotted Common Murre, Marbled Murrelet, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and Western Grebes further offshore. A Ring-billed Gull was spotted in with the other gull species near the shore.
                                 
                             
  Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers in Flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.               
 
Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-four species:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Western Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Rhinoceros Auklet
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Dunlin
Black-bellied Plover
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
 Common Goldeneye: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on November 11, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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