Tuesday, 19 September 2017



The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds. We saw flocks of Canada Geese, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, several Common Loons, Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes from the Brant viewing platform. A Parasitic Jaeger was spotted heading up the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Oystercatchers and several Black Turnstones were seen feeding along the shore line. Two Yellow-rumped Warblers, entertained us along the walk to the river. We spotted a Merlin perched in a tall snag near the trail. We saw twenty Great Blue Herons along the tideline during the morning. A Ring-billed Gull, several Mew Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen along the gravel bars.
Yellow-rumped Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Six birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Parasitic Jaeger
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Anna’s Hummingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Pipit
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
Brewer’s Blackbird
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
                                 Black Turnstone: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 26, 2017, will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. 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 parking area off Admiral Tryon Bld. (Turn off highway 19a on at Columbia Drive, turn right onto Admiral Tryon Bld. go about 100 yards to the parking area)  meet at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding 
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
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Nanaimo B.C.
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Phone: 250-390-3669
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