Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, November 01, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning started out partly cloudy with calm winds but the wind picked up from the Strait of Georgia as the morning went on.  Eight Snow Geese were seen at the Parksville Community Park.  Two thousand Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were seen offshore.  Two large flocks of Greater Scaup were seen flying down the Strait.  Long-tailed Ducks, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Brandt's Cormorants and Doubled-crested Cormorants were seen on the water all morning.  A large number of  Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding along the edge of the forest.  A Hermit Thrush was spotted lowdown in the forest.  We spotted a Palm Warbler pumping its tail constantly and moving quickly at the top of an apple tree near the Nature house.

                                                      Hermit Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Seventeen birders, including birders from Newfoundland and Gabriola Island, saw and heard the following fifty species:
Snow Geese
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Doubled-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Thayer’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Black Turnstones
Dunlin
Black-bellied Plovers
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Palm Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch


                                                          Surf Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

 

The Tuesday bird walk on November 08 will be going to Deep Bay. 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 lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9:30 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 
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