Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 29, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was sunny and windy by the Strait of Georgia. We saw over two hundred Pacific Loons, one Greater Scaup, many Horned Grebes, many Red-necked Grebes and fifty Western Grebes on the Strait. A large flock of Black-bellied Plovers flew in and landed near the gravel bar. Killdeer and Black Oystercatchers were singing and feeding near the shore. Two Western Meadowlarks, the surprise bird of the morning, flew in and landed near the parking area giving us great views. A flock of singing Red Crossbills landed on the top of a tall conifer near the creek. We watched a Red-breasted Nuthatch feeding on a conifer cone near the trail. American Robins were plentiful all morning and we did spot a Varied Thrush near the marsh.

                                                           Black Oystercatcher: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

Eighteen birders including two visiting birders from Victoria saw and heard the following fifty-four Species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser 
Common Loon
Pacific Loon 
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian collared-Dove
California Quail 
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
European Starling
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird 
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Meadowlark 
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-wing Blackbird
House Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Red Crossbill: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

The Tuesday bird walk on October 06, 2015 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. meet at the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 am or the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 am. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

 

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