Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 12,2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.  The morning was cloudy with strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. We heard and then saw a Cassin’s Vireo.  Chestnut-backed Chickadees flew in the bushes just off the trail.  Several Cedar Waxwings flew in and landed in the tall trees near the trail.  A large flock of Canada Geese, several Northern Pintails, Mallards, Green-winged Teal and an American Wigeon were resting along the mudflats.  Large numbers of Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer were feeding along the mudflats.  White-winged Scoters, a Double-crested Cormorant, a Pelagic Cormorant and three Common Loons were seen on the Strait.

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Ontario, Washington and Alberta saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck 
 Northern Pintail
  Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great-blue Heron
Heermann’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Loon
Western Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper
Killdeer
Cooper’s Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Eurasian-collared Dove
Cassin’s Vireo
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Brewer’s Blackbird
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 19, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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