Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, January 05, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning started out cloudy and cool with calm winds.  Snow started to fall and became very heavy as the morning progressed.  The Strait of Georgia was clouded over with the heavy snow. The Black Scoters were singing for most of the morning.  We saw hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters just off shore. We were greeted by a large number of Long-tailed Ducks about ten feet off the point, along with a Pigeon Guillemot in winter plumage, making for an exciting bird watching experience.


                                          Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Thirteen enthusiast birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Bufflehead
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow
 
                                                             Long-tailed Duck: Len Bettam Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on January 12, 2016 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at Parksville Community Park in Parksville at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Bld. at about 9:15 a.m.

Good birding

Neil Robins

Parksville

Thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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