Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 26, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning started out with light rain but the rain soon stopped making for a pleasant time for birding.  As we started on our walk a Brown Creeper flew in over the trail and hurried up a conifer tree.  Many Bald Eagles and Canada Geese were seen and heard as the morning went on. Six Gadwall and several Green-winged Teal were feeding along the edge of the estuary. Many small flocks of Brant Geese, Common Murre, Dunlin, Black Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers were seen heading down the Strait of Georgia. 

                                                              Brant on the wing: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 

Twelve birders including two visiting birders from Regina saw and heard the following fifty-four species
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Gadwall
Surf Scoter
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Common Murre
Dunlin
Black Turnstone
Black-bellied Plover
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
European Startling
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-wing Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin 

                                              Dunlin & Black-bellied Plovers in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on February 02, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville.
thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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