Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, November 03, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was mostly sunny with a strong breeze off the Strait of Georgia.  A Red-throated Loon and two Long-tailed Ducks were spotted bobbing in the waves off shore.  A Common Murre, a Marbled Murrelet and a Pigeon Guillemot were seen heading down the strait.  We saw a Sea Lion catch a salmon thus creating a feeding frenzy of gulls near by. Eight Western Grebes were spotted further off shore. A large number of Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones, two Greater Yellowlegs, two Killdeer and one Dunlin were resting along the gravel bar. There were many flocks of Bonaparte’s Gulls were flying up the strait throughout the morning.  A number of Brandt’s Cormorants were perched along the breakwater at the French Creek Marina.

 
Brandt’s Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Fourteen birders saw and hear the following fifty species:
Canada Geese
Brandt Goose
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
American Widgeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Dunlin
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian Collared-dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch

 

         
                                                                           Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on November 10, 2015 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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