Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with steady rain and a strong wind blasting off the Strait of Georgia, the tide was a strong high king tide. Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye were just offshore swimming in the strong waves playing hide and seek with us. We spotted many flocks of Common Murre and Pacific Loon racing up the strait with the strong wind behind them. Black Oystercatchers, Killdeer, Black Turnstone, Black-bellied Plovers, Gulls and Dunlin were feeding and resting along the gravel bar, as the tide was going out. 

                                                             Common Murre: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seven dedicated birders saw and heard the following thirty-six species:
Canada Geese
Brant
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
                                                                 Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Black Turnstone
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Pine Siskin
 

Black Oystercatchers: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on January 19, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

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