Tuesday, 10 March 2015

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

“Birding in the Fog” 

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was foggy and the winds were calm. Over one thousand  Dunlin, one hundred Black-bellied Plovers and four Black Oystercatchers were feeding along the tide line and in the tide pools on the shore side of the fog bank. We counted twenty-six Brant also feeding along the tideline. Thousands of  Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and one Bonaparte's Gull were roosting on a gravel bar just offshore.  Fourteen  Horned Grebes and one Eared Grebe were spotted further swimming offshore. Four Varied Thrush were singing and perched in the forest.    
                                                                       
   
    Dunlin : Ralph Hocken Photo. 


Six birders saw and heard the following thirty-five species;
Brant
 American Widgeon
 Mallard
 White-winged Scoter 
Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Eared Grebe
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Bald Eagle
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
 Dunlin
Black-bellied Plover
  Black Oystercatcher
 Northern Flicker
Pileated woodpecker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird 
 Pacific Wren
 Bewick’s Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
 Varied Thrush
 European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 

   
                       Eared Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.   
 
                                        
                                                          Horned Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 

 

The Tuesday bird walk on March 17 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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