Thursday, 12 February 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 10, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. Fog over the Strait of Georgia greeted us at the start of the walk, but soon the sun showed it’s warm rays for good birding. Several small flocks of Brant geese flew over the water. Long-tailed Ducks were rested on the strait offshore. Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones, Dunlin and Black Oystercatchers were feeding on the gravel bars.
                                          Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Brant
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Common Murre
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian-collared Dove
Common Raven
American Robin
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
 
  Ring-billed Gull: Ralph Hocken. 
 
The Tuesday bird walk on February 17 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 

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