Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, october 04, 2016

Tuesday bird walk, October 04, 2016.
The morning was cloudy with strong winds off the very choppy Strait of Georgia. There were a few light showers throughout the morning.  American Widgeon, Surf Scoters and White-wing Scoters were seen flying down the Strait.  Mew Gulls, a Western Gull, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and a Herring Gull were resting on the gravel bar. Six Black Oystercatchers, several Black-bellied Plovers, thirty Black Turnstones and three Killdeer were  feeding along the gravel bar at the pond, near Pebble Beach.  Song Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, House Finch and Purple Finch were seen and heard along French Creek.

 
                                                                  Black Turnstones: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nineteen birders including visiting birders from Stratford, Ontario and St. Albert, Alberta saw and heard the following forty species:
American Widgeon
Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red -neck Grebe
Horned Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
Purple Finch
House Sparrow

 
                                                                          Thayer's Gulls: John Purves Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on October 11, 2016 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the Oceanside of highway 19a in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville  


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