Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 22, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning sun was shining when we started the walk, but it got cloudy and cool near the end. We spotted a young  Northern Shrike whose “mask” was not complete, perched on the top of a bush just across the river. Several flocks of Pine Siskin and Red Crossbills flew in and landed at the top of the tall trees during the morning giving us great views through the scopes. A Yellow-billed Loon, a Rhinoceros Auklet and a Common Murre were seen on the Strait of Georgia, along with two Long-tailed Ducks, a small flock of  Surf Scoters and one Black Scoter.
 
                                                              Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eight birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese
Brant
 American Widgeon
 Mallard
Greater Scaup
 Northern Pintail
 Green-winged Teal
 Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
 Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Northern Shrike
Cooper’s Hawk
 California Quail
 Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Mew Gull
California Gull
 Thayer’s Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Common Murre
Rhinoceros Auklet
 Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 European Starling
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-wing Blackbird
 Spotted Towhee
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
House Finch  

                                              A Common Loon and a Yellow-billed Loon: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on December 29 will be going to the Mills Street north side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. Or at the end of Mills Street north on the ocean side of highway 19A in Parksville. 

     Merry Christmas

 From all of us at the birdstore.....

Colin, Denise, Nichole, Carol, Ralph, Marilynne and Neil
 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 
 
thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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