Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, march 07, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.  We heard a Hutton’s Vireo singing just off the trail and after searching the woods, we saw the Vireo as he flew overhead.  One Eurasian Widgeon along with a large number of American Widgeon and five Gadwalls were seen along the shoreline. 

The herring spawn is on!  Thousands of Surf Scoters flew in and landed just off shore.  California Gulls, Mew Gulls,Thayer's Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls by the thousand were seen along the shoreline and flying overhead throughout the morning.  But the biggest highlight of the morning was a Western Meadowlark singing from a bush in the meadows. Later on we watched as four meadowlarks flew into the tall grass. We spotted a Northern Shrike perched at the top of a tall bush in the meadow and watched as the shrike flew after prey and returned to the perch.
 
 




                                                                              
Western Meadowlark: Ralph Hocken Photo:
 

 

             Thirteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-seven species:
Canada Geese
Brant
Harlequin Duck
Eurasian Widgeon
American Widgeon
Green-wing Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Gadwall
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tail Duck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Barrows Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Marbled Murrelet
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Northern Shrike
California Gull
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna’s Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Hutton’s Vireo
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Western Meadowlark
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin  

                                             Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on March 14, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. We will meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m 

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
 Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

No comments: