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.
Fourteen birders saw and hear the following fifty species:
Great Blue Heron
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.