|Surfbirds: Ralph Hocken Photo.|
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, Febuary 03, 2015
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds were calm, but it was a little choppy further off shore on the Strait of Georgia. A flock of well over one hundred singing Pine Siskins flew overhead at the start of the walk—they are back! An estimated five hundred to six hundred Dunlin, thirty Surfbirds, twenty Black-bellied Plovers and four Black Turnstones were feeding at the tide line and in the tide pools nearby. A large mixed flock of gulls---Mew Gulls, Thayer’s Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls--were also feeding and resting along the shoreline. A very large number of Pacific Loons, many Common Murre, several Red-breasted Mergansers, a Pigeon Guillemot, a Marbled Murrelet and two Eared Grebe were seen further offshore.
Twenty birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
The Tuesday bird walk on February 10, 2015 will be going to Columbia Beach.
Eared Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.