Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, January 20, 2015
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and calm water on the Strait of Georgia. The highlights of the morning included seeing three Gadwall near the mud flats.
American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintails and Green-winged Teal were also feeding on the mud flats. Thousands of Mew Gulls,
Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting behind the mudflats and lifted in a huge cloud as a Bald Eagle flew over. The gulls landed close by giving us all lots of time to study the different gulls at close range. A large flock of over sixty Brant Geese flew close to shore heading down the strait .
Mew Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Brant in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Seventeen birders, including visiting birders from Hinton Alberta and Chicago saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Great Blue Heron
Northern Pintail: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on January 27 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.