Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, March 22, 2016

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Somass Estuary in Port Alberni. The morning was partly cloudy with calm winds and a few light showers. We saw a large number of Yellow-rumped Warblers singing and hawking insects throughout the morning. Song Sparrows were belting out their song and were very plentiful. A great number of Marsh Wrens perched and entertain us on the walk. Greater White-fronted Geese and Canada Geese were feeding in the fields. Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks circled high overhead.
 
                                                    Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-seven birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
Greater White-fronted Geese
Gadwall
American Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
Green-wing Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-neck Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
American Coot
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Virginia Rail
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Yellow-rumped Warbler
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
Marsh Wren
Pacific Wren
Bushtit
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

 
                                                   Marsh Wren: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on March 29, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the Lions Club Kids Playground parking area 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 

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