The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was sunny with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Two birders saw four Killer Whales at about 9:00 a.m. from Shorewood Drive close to the mud flats in San Pariel. They spotted one large adult and three smaller whales about half way across the strait. A Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrows, a Lincoln’s Sparrow, a White-crowned Sparrow, several House Finch and Purple Finch were seen at the start of the walk. A Black-bellied Plover, two Least Sandpipers, two Western Sandpipers and three Killdeer were feeding on the mud flats. A flock of American Wigeons, Surf Scoters, Horned Grebe, one Red-necked Grebe, several Harlequin Duck, two Common Loons and three Pacific Loons were spotted on the strait.
Black-bellied Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
September 26, 2016
A Northern Pygmy Owl was seen at the top of Little Mountain in Parksville
Northern Pygmy Owl: Photo by John Purves.
The Tuesday bird walk on October 04, 2016 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking area on Admiral Tryon Bld. off Columbia Drive in French Creek at about 9:15 a.m.