Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.  We were greeted at the beach by four Black Oystercatchers, hundreds of Brant, Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers feeding along the shoreline. Further offshore we saw hundreds of Common Murre, Mew Gulls, Thayer’s Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls in a feeding frenzy with Sea Lions stirring up the sea.  A flock of singing Red Crossbills landed in a  tree just off the trail giving us great views. Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets played hide and seek with us as they fed in the bushes near the trail. We spotted a Dark-eyed Junco in the forest with a mustache of nesting material.  A flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers and two Orange-crowned Warblers were feeding just above us near the end of the walk.  As we were doing the morning tally we spotted Bushtits in the bushes.
                 
                                                  Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Nineteen birders including visiting birders from Calgary, St. Albert and Red Deer saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Brant
Mallard
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Surf Scoter
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Dunlin
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
European Starling
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Bushtit
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Red Crossbill 

 
Black-bellied Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday bird walk on April 11, 2017 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River 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 corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins 

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1 comment:

Lighting Doctor said...

so beautiful.......