Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, December 02, 2014

 The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and cool with calm winds. The highlights included seeing an estimated two thousand  Dunlin with large numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstones feeding in tide pools and at the tideline. A flock of fourteen Brant flew in near the shore. A  Pigeon Guillemot, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and Barrow’s Goldeneye were seen further offshore. A Brown Creeper with a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets caught our attention at the edge of the forest as they moved about quickly feeding in the bushes just off the trail. 

 
   Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.  
                     
                                                                     Black Turnstones: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

Fourteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Brant
 American Wigeon
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Northern Pintail
 Surf Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Long-tailed Duck
 Red-necked Grebe
 Horned Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Bald Eagle
  Black-bellied Plover
 Black Turnstone
 Dunlin
 Thayer’s Gull
 California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Pigeon Guillemot
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Brown Creeper
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Pacific Wren
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 
                               Brant: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

The Tuesday bird walk on December 09, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay.
 

P.S. A Northern Shrike just landed in our backyard..Neil 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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