Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, March 31, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was sunny with a crisp breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We saw an estimated two thousand Brant along the tide line and offshore. Thousands of Pacific loons were on the water further off shore. Many flocks of Surf Scoters,White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were flying low over the water heading down the strait. A large flock of Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin flew in to the gravel bar. We spotted an Orange-crowned Warbler.  We had great views of the bright yellow bird as he perched and sang from a tree not far from us.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler showed up and started feeding on a tree close by.
                                   
                                                                   Black-bellied Plovers: Ralph Hocken Photo.   

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Violet-green Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Belted Kingfisher
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow  

The Tuesday bird walk on April 07, 2015 will be going to Springwood Park ( at the west end of Despard Avenue) in Parksville. 

                                                                Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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