The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk.

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, February 14, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.

Several large flocks of Brant Geese were heading up the Strait.  A Brandt’s Cormorant, several Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks and Surf Scoters were seen offshore.  One Marbled Murrelet, an Ancient Murrelet and a Common Murre were seen further offshore.  One Ring-billed Gull, two Black-bellied Plovers, four Killdeer, four Greater Yellowlegs, twenty Black Turnstones and three Black Oystercatchers were feeding alone the shore near the gravel bar. A Northern Shoveler was spotted feeding along French Creek.  Four California Quail were seen hiding in a bush just off the trail at French Creek.

                                                         Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo.


Twenty-two birders, including visiting birders from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Washington State saw and heard the following forty-five species:

Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye 
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Common Murre
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Belted Kingfisher
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
California Quail
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bewick’s Wren
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Ring-billed Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on February 21, 2017 will be going to Deep Bay.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Deep Bay Marina parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins

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