Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 09, 2016

The Tuesday morning birdwalk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was draped in heavy fog making for a challenging time looking for birds. Two singing Belted Kingfishers were seen racing up the river calling all the time. We saw a Merlin flying high up near the top of the conifers. Several Anna's Hummingbirds were seen perched just off the trail through out the walk, giving us great views.  There were large numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos moving in and out of the underbrush along the trail.
Anna’s Hummingbird: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty birders including visiting birders from Winnipeg, Langley and Seattle saw and heard the following thirty-seven species:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Common Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail
Bald Eagle
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow


Dark-eyed Junco: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on February 16,2016 will be going to Columbia Beach.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area along Admiral Tryon Bld. (off Columbia Drive) at about 9:15 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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