Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 15, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.A Hutton's Vireo, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and two Ruby-crowned Kinglets played hide and seek with us just off the trail. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over the river just above us giving us quick views. A first of the season Eurasian Widgeon was spotted feeding with a flock of American Widgeon at the shoreline.  A Hooded Merganser, a Greater Scaup and a Northern Shoveler were seen just off shore. We watched a Northern Shrike who was perched in the bushes along the edge of the estuary fly off several times only to return to his perch. 
 

 
                               Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Northern Shoveler
Black Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Coopers Hawk
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian-collared Dove
American Robin
Hutton's Vireo
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

 
                                                Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 22, 2016 will be going to Rathtrevor  Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville  

       thebackyard@shaw.ca

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