Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Parksville/Quailicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 15, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds until near the end of the walk when the winds picked up making for lots of whitecaps on the Strait. We saw large numbers of Red-necked Grebes, Common Loons, one Pacific Loon and several Horned Grebes. One Western Grebe, one Pigeon Guillemot and four Common Murre were spotted offshore. A large number of Mew Gulls, a Western Gull and two Thayer’s Gulls were perched on a gravel bar not far from shore. Two American Pipits flew by over the water. A Merlin was perched on a fir tree near the beach.                                                       
 
 
 
 
   Red-neck Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                              

 Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Merlin
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Common Mergansers
Surf Scoters
White-winged Scoters
Black Scoter
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
American Pipit
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Western Sandpiper
Belted Kingfisher
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Mew Gull
Western Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Stellar Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
 
                                                                                              

                                                            Merlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.                                                                 

 

The Tuesday bird walk on September 22, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park parking lot near the Lions playground at 9:00 am or at the main parking lot in Rathtrevor Provincial Park at about 9:10 am. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville.

 

 

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