Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Parksville/Qualcum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 20, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk, October 20, 2015 went to Deep Bay. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds, making for a lovely morning of birding. Hundreds of Surf Scoters White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were on Deep Bay with the calm seas. Seven Long-tailed Ducks were seen resting on the water behind the scoters. Two Pigeon Guillemots were spotted close to Denman Island.  Spotted Towhees, Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos and House Finch were seen in the bushes as we walked along the shoreline.
                                                                        

Long-tailed Ducks: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Sixteen birders including two visiting birders from the United Kingdom saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Bufflehead
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
House Sparrow
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                              
                                             
 
 
 
Surf Scoters: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on October 27 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot at the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:05 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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