Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, March 15, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery. The morning was mostly sunny with a few clouds and the winds were calm.  Black Turnstones, Black-bellied Plovers, Black Oystercatchers, Brant Geese, Bonaparte's Gulls, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls and a Western Gull were plentiful on the gravel bars offshore from the viewing platform. Two American Dipper’s were seen just off the road, near the parking lot at the fish hatchery, singing and catching fish.  Further along the trail we saw and heard Red-breasted Sapsuckers tapping on the top of the hydro poles. There were large flocks of Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows flying high overhead, hawking insects.

American Dipper: Len Bettam Photo. 

Twenty-two birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
 Brant
 American Widgeon
 Mallard
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Common Murre
 Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
 Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
 Mew Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Turnstones
Black-bellied Plover
  Black Oystercatcher
American Dipper
 Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Brown Creeper
 Pacific Wren
 Bewick’s Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco

                                                    Violet-green Swallow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on March 22, will be going to Port Alberni, Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lion’s Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area in Port Alberni near the river ( follow highway 4 into Port Alberni until you come to the tee intersection, turn left and then right onto the parking area along the water) we will meet about 10:00 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 

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