Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, September 27, 2016

 
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.
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Black-bellied Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species:
Mallard
 Green-winged Teal
 Northern Pintail,
American Wigeon
Surf Scoter
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
 Harlequin Duck
 Common Loon
Pacific Loon
 Great-blue Heron
Mew gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
 Killdeer
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Bushtit
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick’s Wren
 American Robin
 Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Savannah Sparrow
 Song Sparrow 
Lincoln’s Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 House Finch
Purple Finch
Red-wing Blackbird
American Goldfinch
 
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.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 
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