Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 11, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny but cool with calm winds.  Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding on a conifer tree close to the trail.  A Peregrine Falcon flew in low overhead and landed on a tall conifer.  He perched for a few minutes and then unsuccessfully tried to catch a Mallard Duck. We had good views of the chase.  A Northern Shrike was perched in a tall shrub near Parksville Bay.  A Northern Harrier flew in low over the meadow in search of prey.  Five Trumpeter Swans flew overhead heading south.  A Eurasian Widgeon was spotted in with a flock of American Widgeons close to shore.  A late migrating Turkey Vulture just above the tall Conifer Trees.
                     
                                                             Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                             





                                                                                              
                                                                 Turkey Vulture: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twelve birders saw and heard the following fifty-seven species:
 Canada Geese
Trumpeter Swan
 American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
 Northern Pintail
 Green-wing Teal
 Surf Scoter
Northern Shoveler
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Hooded Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
  Double-crested Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Northern Shrike
 Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
 Belted Kingfisher
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Varied Thrush
 American Robin
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Bushtit
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
 House Finch
Pine Siskin

                                                                      Northern Harrier: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 18 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.  

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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