Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 15, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning started with light rain and calm winds but the rain stopped after a short while and we had a pleasant morning for the walk. Several flocks of Brant Geese flew past during the morning. We discovered  a mixed flock of Black Turnstones and six Surfbird feeding along the shoreline at the point. Several Common Murre, two Marbled Murrelets, two Long-tailed Ducks and a Pigeon Guillemot were seen further off shore giving us good views.    
                                                                Surfbird: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Great Blue Heron
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Surfbird
Black Turnstone
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Varied Thrush
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red Crossbill
Dark-eyed Junco 
 
                                                                                 Brant: Ralph Hocken Photo.
  
The Tuesday bird walk on December 22 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.

Meet at the Parksville Community Park, near the Lions Club Kids Playground 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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