Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, December 30, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.
The morning was sunny with calm winds, although it was cool in the forest out of the sunshine. We had a great morning of birding. 
 
We watched a flock of thirty Black-bellied Plovers and about two hundred Dunlin dance in the sky for several minutes and then land on the rocks at the point. When we looked closely at the flock we discovered that there were nineteen Surfbirds in among the flock. Two Brant were just off shore. The group had great views through the scope at a Yellow-billed Loon diving and returning to the surface further off shore.  A Pigeon Guillemot, two Marbled Murrelet and several flocks of Common Murre were also seen further offshore.

       
                                       Yellow-billed Loon: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                       
 
 
 
                                                                             

                                                               Surfbirds: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

Twelve birders including a visiting birder from New Brunswick saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Dunlin
Surfbird
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow 

                                                                     Brant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on January 06, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.  

Happy New Year
Neil Robins
Parksville.

 

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