Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Tuesday bird walk, September 06, 2016

The first Tuesday bird walk of the season went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was mostly cloudy with calm winds. We spotted a family of Brown Creepers moving up the trunk of a tall Big Leaf Maple Tree at the start of the walk. The seabirds are beginning to arrive for the winter----Surf Scoters, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Pelagic Cormorants Common Murre and a Marbled Murrelet were all seen on the Strait of Georgia.  A Barn Swallow, a Purple Martin, a Vaux’s Swift and a  Black Swift were seen overhead.  A Yellow Warbler, several Orange-crowned Warblers, a Wilson’s Warbler, a Common Yellowthroat, a Warbling Vireo, a Willow Flycatcher and a  Lincoln's Sparrow was seen near the end of a great walk.
 
 
 


 

Yellow Warbler, Ralph Hocken Photo.


Eleven birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
 Turkey Vulture
 Bald Eagle
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Great Blue Heron
 Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
 California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
Killdeer
Band-tailed Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
 Vaux’s Swift
 Black Swift
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
Anna’s Hummingbird
Yellow Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
 Wilson’s Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Warbling Vireo
 Willow Flycatcher
 Spotted Towhee
 Lincoln's Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 House Finch
 Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin 

The Tuesday bird walk on September 13, 2016 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club playground at 9:00 a.m. in Parksville, or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m. 

Good birding
 Neil Robins
Parksville 

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