Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beachnTuesday bird walk, September 26, 2017




The Tuesday bird walk went to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. The morning was foggy with calm winds.  We spotted hundreds of Pacific Loons and Common Loons through the fog, on the water not far from shore. Ten Western Grebes and two Pigeon Guillemots were seen further off shore.  A Bald Eagle was perched high in a conifer tree.  A Merlin was being chased by a feisty Anna’s Hummingbird.  Several Black Oystercatchers were seen along the shore line.  Large numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstones as well as Iceland Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and two Herring Gulls were roosting along the gravel bar along with two Greater Yellowlegs .

Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-one birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Pigeon Guillemot
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Greater Yellowlegs
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone 
Western Sandpiper
Iceland Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Eurasian-collared Dove
Steller’s Jay
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow 
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin 
Cedar Waxwing
Spotted Towhee
American Pipit
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
House Finch

Black-bellied Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 03, 2017, will be going to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial in Parksville . 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 main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding 
Neil Robins

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