Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 02, 2016

The morning was mostly cloudy with a little sunshine and a stiff breeze off the Strait of Georgia. Hundreds of Common Murre and Pacific Loons were seen flying above the water during the morning.  Several Brant Geese flew in and landed near the shore. A Virginia Rail was heard singing near the marsh where the Mallards usually rest near the road. Horned Grebes, Bufflehead, three Long-tailed Ducks and Common Goldeneye were seen offshore. Three Pileated Woodpeckers and a large mixed flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets were feeding just off the trail keeping us entertained as we entered the forest.

                                                            Pileated Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seventeen birders including a visiting birder from Seattle saw and heard the following forty-species:
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Wing-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
Virginia Rail
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Varied Thrush
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow

 

 
 
                                                            Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on February 09, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids Playground Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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