Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday walk, February 17, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Little Qualicum River Estuary.  The morning was calm, but unfortunately the fog remained over the water throughout the morning limiting our view. We saw a flock of Brant fly by at the viewing station and several Oystercatchers landed among the rocks.  There was also a Western Gull spotted just off shore.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler was spotted along the houses leading to the Estuary.  Surf Scoters were heard off in the fog at the end of our walk.
         
                                                                 Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

17 birders saw or heard the following 35 species.
Brant
Canada Goose
Mallard
American Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Northern Pintail
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Western Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Anna’s Hummingbird
 
The Tuesday bird walk on February 24, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park playground parking lot at 9 a.m. or the Hatchery parking lot off Claymore Rd (off Laburnum Rd) in Qualicum Beach at 9:15 a.m.
 
Good birding,
Rhonda Fleming
Parksville

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