Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 10, 2017

This week’s Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with a very strong wind off the Strait Of Georgia.  Black-bellied Plovers, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers and Killdeer were seen walking not far from us along the tide line.  Large flocks of Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters  were seen bouncing in the waves not far from shore.  Thirty-two seals were lounging on the gravel bar near the estuary. We spotted  twenty Trumpeter Swans along the river and the estuary during the morning. A large number of great Blue Heron were resting in the tall grass on the estuary.


Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twelve birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following thirty-four species.
Canada Goose
Brant
Trumpeter Swan
Mallard
American Widgeon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Dunlin
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco
 
 
 
 






                                                             Trumpeter Swans: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on January 17, 2017 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park 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 Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding

Neil Robins

Parksville 

 http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

       thebackyard@shaw.ca


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