Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 16, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach the morning was sunny with light winds off the Strait of Georgia.  Red-breasted Mergansers, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks as well as Pacific Loons, Common Loons,  Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes  were seen off shore. Common Murre, a Pigeon Guillemot  and Western Grebes were further offshore.  Black-bellied Plovers, Killdeer, Dunlin and Black Turnstone were  resting with a large number of  Gulls on the gravel bar.  A flock of American Wigeon with one Eurasian Wigeon landed close to shore giving us great views.

Eurasian & American Wigeon in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.

                                                  Eurasian Wigeon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-three birders including birders from Calgary, Winnipeg and Seattle saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye 
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
House Wren
Red- breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Pine Siskin

                                                   Red-breasted Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on February 23 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park, near the Lions Club Kids parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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