Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 17, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The wind was blasting off the Strait of Georgia and through the forest all morning.  We saw Golden-crowned Kinglets feeding on the trail just ahead of us at the start of the walk.  We spotted a pair of Varied Thrush not far from the trail and they gave us a great show playing around with each other.  There was a young Peregrine Falcon perched in a tall tree swaying in the wind not far from us.  Surf Scoters and White-wing Scoters were playing hide and seek with us in the choppy waters on the Strait.  Common Loons and Pacific Loons were seen flying just above the water heading down the Strait.


                                                 Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nine dedicated birders, including a visiting birder from Whitehorse, saw and heard the following forty species:

Canada Geese
Cackling Goose
Brant
 American Widgeon
 Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Gadwall
 Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
 Bufflehead
 Common Goldeneye
Red-necked Grebe
 Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
 Mew Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
American Robin
Varied Thrush
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
 Spotted Towhee
 Song Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
 House Finch
American Goldfinch 


Varied Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on January 24, 2017 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot next to the Lions kid playground in the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. Or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding

Neil Robins

Parksville 

 http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

       thebackyard@shaw.ca

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