Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 10, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but the winds were strong off the Strait of Georgia. Thousands of Dunlin and a large number of Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstone were seen feeding along the tide line along the length of the beach. Large numbers of Canada Geese, American Widgeon, Northern Pintail  and Greater Scaup were seen at Craig Bay.  A pair of Purple Finch were feeding on a berry tree next to the trail as a large cloud of Pine Siskin flew in and landed.                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                Black Turnstone & Black-bellied Plovers: Ralph Hocken Photo.  

Twelve birders including two visiting birders from Prince Albert saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Canada Goose
Mallard
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Brandt Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Dunlin
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin           

 
                                                                      Dunlin Landing: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 17 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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