Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, October 03, 2017

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was sunny and the winds were calm.  A Bald Eagle was spotted high in a conifer tree near the parking lot. Twelve Savannah Sparrows were perched in a bush next to the trail.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen hawking insects from a tall tree near the trail. A Merlin was spotted high in a conifer tree.  Twelve Horned Grebes, twenty Red-necked Grebes and five Western Grebes were seen not far from shore.  A large number of Pacific Loons, several Common Loons, four Double-crested Cormorants, six Pelagic Cormorants and one Pigeon Guillemot were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Two flocks of over one hundred Bonaparte's Gulls were seen heading up the Strait near the horizon.  A Brown Creeper was spotted climbing a fir tree next to the trail. Two Bewick’s Wrens were feeding on a small bush. Two Varied Thrush were spotted high up on a fir tree.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head and landed in a short tree giving us great views.  We had a great birding morning!  

Bonaparte's Gulls: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from California and Vancouver saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Pacific Loon
    Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
 Mew Gull
Iceland Gull
 California Gull
      Glaucous-winged Gull
     Northern Flicker
        Pileated Woodpecker
       Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow 
                                                   Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
     Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Anna’s Hummingbird
 American Robin      
Varied Thrush
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
European Starling 
 Spotted Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
                                                              Savannah Sparrow
  Song Sparrow
     Dark-eyed Junco 
 Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
House Finch

Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 10, 2017, will be going to Deep Bay . 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 lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35 a.m.

Good birding 
Neil Robins

314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633

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