Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, January 27, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding high up in the trees.  Many large flocks of
Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons, Common Loons and Common Murre's were seen off shore. Several flocks of Surf Scoters were heading up and down the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Pine Siskins flew over and landed in a tall tree, giving us great views. A flock of Bushtits joined the Siskins in feeding on the tree.
                                      

                        Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                   
 
Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Chicago, Red Deer and Edmonton saw and hear the following fifty-three species:
Brant
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Gadwall
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Bufflehead
Long-tailed Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-Dove
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Anna's Hummingbird
  Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
 Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on February 03, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor Park in Parksville.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville.
 

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