Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 31, 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk.

The Tuesday bird walk on January 31, 2017 went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny with calm winds, although the Strait of Georgia was a little rough and the tide was high. We saw sixty Brant Geese, hundreds of Dunlin, six Black Turnstones, twelve Black-bellied Plovers and one Black Oystercatcher all feeding along the tide line not far from us. We saw Wing-winged Scoters, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons and Common Loons further off shore. A Red-breasted Sapsucker flew across the road and landed in a tall conifer. A Hermit Thrush was spotted in the grass and then flew into a bushy area.  We spotted the Thrush again at the edge of a bush where it stayed for a long time giving us all excellent views.
 



Hermit Thrush: John Purves Photo.
 



 
Twenty-two birders including a visiting birder from Finland saw and heard the following forty-eight species:

Canada Geese 
Brant
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Wing-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Western Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Dunlin
Black Turnstone
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Anna’s Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow 

Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on February 07, 2017 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Deep Bay Marine parking lot at about 9:30 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 
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