Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 17, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning saw light rain with calm wind.  The tide was high with water over flowing the river. We saw Golden-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees
Fox Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos feeding along the trail as we started the walk.  A Red-breasted Nuthatch caught our attention as it was feeding next to the trail.  A Crackling Goose was in with the flock of Canada Geese. 
 

 

Fox Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seven birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Goose
Crackling Goose
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Bufflehead
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Goldeneye
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Common Murre
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewers Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

 

Red-neck Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

The Tuesday bird walk on November 24, 2015 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club playground Parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.
 

We just received a report of a Snow Bunting seen at Rathtrevor Beach Park near the kids playground on the ocean side. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

 

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