Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 20, 2016

 

Parksville/Qualicum Beach--Tuesday bird walk, September 20, 2016:
The morning started out with rain showers, but it soon cleared and the sun shone, brightly.  The winds were calm on the Strait of Georgia.  A large flock of Cedar Waxwings and American Robins greeted us at the start of the walk. We spotted a Townsend’s Solitaire perched high up in a tall conifer tree. Two Ring-billed Gulls, several Bonaparte's Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and one lone Thayer’s Gull were preening near the shore.  Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Western Grebes and a Pacific Loon in breeding plumage were seen further offshore.  We were entertained by a Townsend’s Warbler, a large number of Orange-crowned Warblers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers in the forest. Many flocks of American Robins were seen through out the morning. A very large flock of Canada Geese flew high overhead heading south.        

                                                      Townsend’s Solitaire: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from the United Kingdom, Georgetown Ontario, Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta saw and hear the following fifty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher
Ring-billed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hammonds Flycatcher
Townsend’s Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Robin
Townsend’s Solitaire
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch  

The Tuesday bird walk on September 27, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville   

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