Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 27, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and cool. Three Trumpeter Swans flew over head and headed down the island.  We saw a Northern Shrike perched near Surfside and another one perched near the river. A flock of over two hundred noisy Pine Siskins landed in the top of the trees near the trail.  A large flock of Black Turnstones landed near the gravel bar that was loaded with a large number of gulls just off shore.  We  spotted a Eurasian Wigeon in with the American Wigeon near the tide line.  A Cooper’s Hawk was perched just off the trail at the end of the walk.      
 
                                                                            Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-eight species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
 Brandt’s Cormorant 
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Shrike
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
California Quail
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Lincoln's Sparrow 
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin   
 
 
                                                                   
                                                                            Cooper's Hawk

The Tuesday bird walk on November 03 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tyron Bld. ( take Columbia Drive off highway 19a turn right on Admiral Tyron Bld. Go about 100 yards to the parking area on the left.) 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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