Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 24, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and the winds were calm. The the tide was high so mud flats had lots of water.  Large flocks of American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, two Killdeer, one Hooded Merganser and two Gadwall were feeding on the mud flats. We saw Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, three Long-tailed Ducks, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes on the Strait of Georgia during the morning.  A Coopers Hawk flew past us and landed on a tall tree next to the road giving us great views as it looked down on us.

                                            Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Gadwall
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt's Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Killdeer
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
                                                     Purple Finch
House Finch

                                             Green-winged Teal: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on January 31, 2017 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.
 
Good birding
Neil Robins
Parksville
 

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