Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, November 08, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay.  This morning was a mix of weather--cloudy with light rain showers, occasional sunny periods and very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  A flock of Snow Geese flew over head going down the Strait.  Four Barrow’s Goldeneye were seen swimming near shore.  A mixed flock of Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin along with one lone Black Turnstone landed on a gravel bar near shore giving us great views.  Large numbers of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes were seen on the water between the Deep Bay and Denman Island.
Seventeen birders saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Brant
Snow Geese
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
 Mallard,
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Long-tailed Duck
 Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
Western Grebe
 Horned Grebe Red-necked Grebe
 Brandt's Cormorant
 Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle,
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Black Turnstone
Bonaparte's Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
 Rock Pigeon,
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 Belted Kingfisher
 Northern Flicker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 American Robin
 European Starling
Brewer’s Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
 House Sparrow                

                                                                                
Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday birdwalk on November 15, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the English River Estuary in Parksville.  Meet at the parking lot next to the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of highway 19a at about 9:10 am. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville 


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