Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 03, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cool but sunny with calm winds.  The water looked like a sheet of glass.  A flock of six Brant flew past heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoter were  not far from shore.  Ancient Murrelet, Western Grebes and Common Murre were seen further offshore.  A very large flock of Killdeer,
Black-bellied Plovers, a Black Oystercatcher, a Greater Yellowlegs, over twenty Black Turnstone and a large number of Dunlin were seen on the gravel bar.  A
Ruby-crowned Kinglet was feeding on a low bush next to the road, giving us great views as he flashed his ruby crown.  A female Ruby-crowned Kinglet was seen moving around in another low bush a little further up the road. We spotted a Cooper’s Hawk perched in a tall tree looking down at us next to the road.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

 
Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese
Cackling Goose
Brant
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Ancient Murrelet
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Mew Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
 
Killdeer: Ralph Hocken Photo.
 
The Tuesday bird walk on January 10, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 am.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville

 
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