Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Parksville/ Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, March 21, 2017
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with light rain and a light wind off the Strait Of Georgia. We saw hundreds of Brant Geese offshore from Columbia Beach. Thousands of Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and newly arrived Bonaparte's Gulls were in the area all morning. Numerous Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen on the Strait Of Georgia. A Brandt's Cormorant, a Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were observed further offshore. Over twenty Long-tailed Ducks were heading up the Strait. Black Turnstones, Black-bellied Plovers were resting along the many big rocks along the shoreline. Song Sparrows, a White-crowned Sparrow, a Golden-crowned Sparrow and an Anna’s Hummingbird were seen just off the road.
There are thousands of Surf Scoters, Gulls, Dunlin and Plovers at Parksville Bay today.
Bonaparte's Gulls in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Brandt’s Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo:
The Tuesday bird walk on March 28, 2017 will be going to the Somass Estuary in Port Alberni. Meet at The Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Kids Playground at 8:30 a.m. or meet at the parking lot along Alberni Inlet & third Avenue in Port Alberni at about 9:15 a.m.(Follow Highway 4 into Port Alberni, go right to the tee intersection, turn left along third Avenue and park at the parking lot next to the Alberni Inlet)
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive