Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 18, 2016

 

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brant viewing platform in Qualicum Beach and Lot Ten off Highway 19a and Kinkade Road in Qualicum Beach. The morning started cloudy with light rain showers and calm winds but the rain stopped, making for a pleasant walk.  We saw Black Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks on the Strait of Georgia--our first of the season.  Pacific Loons and Common Loons were plentiful on the strait.  Black-bellied Plovers, Black Oystercatchers and Black Turnstones flew in close to shore giving us great views. We heard and then saw several Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets throughout the morning.  Bewick’s Wrens and Pacific Wrens entertained us just off the trail.                                                                                     

                                                            Long-tail Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch 
                                                         Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on October 25, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot in Rathtrevor at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville  

       thebackyard@shaw.ca

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