Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, April 17, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with a breeze off the forest side of the strait.  A Black-bellied Plover in full breeding plumage was feeding along the shoreline.  Dunlin,

 Bonaparte's Gulls, Pacific Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes and  Pelagic Cormorants were all showing their breeding plumage, giving us a very colorful showing on the Strait of Georgia. A mixed flock of  Surf Scoters and

 Black Scoters floated by on the water. We heard and then saw a Townsend’s Warbler singing just overhead. 



Horned Grebe: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Seventeen birders including two visiting birders from Red Deer saw and heard the following fifty-eight species:
Brant
 American Wigeon
 Mallard
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser 
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
 Black-bellied Plover
 Black Oystercatcher
 Dunlin
 Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
 Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
 Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
 Varied Thrush
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 European Starling
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
 Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on April 26, 2016 will be going to the Top Bridge Trail in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park near the Lions Club Kids playground parking lot at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Tuan Road on Industrial Way in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 
thebirdstore.blogspot.com

thebackyard@shaw.ca

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