Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach tuesday bird walk., December 29, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the North Entrance to the Englishman River Estuary off of Mills Road in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods and the winds were calm. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of a Common Redpoll perched on top of a tall Cedar Tree not far from the viewing platform. The Redpoll stayed on it’s perch for a long period of time, looking in all directions, and giving us great views!  We saw a female Pine Grosbeak feeding along the Corfield Trail. Ten Western Meadowlarks were perched in a tall deciduous tree near the edge of the estuary on the Community Park side.  A Northern Shrike was also perched in the same area.  We saw a large number of Northern Flickers throughout the morning.    Flocks of Brant and Long-tail Ducks flew up the Strait of Georgia.
                        
                    Common Redpoll at the top of a Cedar Tree: Len Bettam Photo. 

Thirteen birders including a visiting birder from New Brunswick saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese
Brant
 American Widgeon
 Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Gadwall
 Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
 Bufflehead
Long-tail Duck
Barrow’s Goldeneye
 Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
  Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Common Murre
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
Coopers Hawk
Northern Shrike
 Mew Gull
California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
Herring Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
California Quail
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
  Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Varied Thrush
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 European Starling
Western Meadowlark
 Spotted Towhee
Red-wing Blackbird
 Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
Pine Grosbeak
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Common Redpoll
 House Finch
Pine Siskin  

The Tuesday bird walk on January 05, 2016 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35 a.m.

Happy New Year 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

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