Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 24, 2017


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville.. The morning was clear and sunny with calm winds, making for a very pleasant bird walk.  We had great views of a Great Horned Owl watching us as he perched next to the trunk of a tall tree just off the trail.  Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding on the trees along the trail.  We were entertained royally by the five Woodpecker species on the island during morning.  A Pileated Woodpecker was perched at the top of a tall tree, six Northern Flickers were seen throughout the morning, a Red-breasted Sapsucker flew in to give us a quick view, a Downy Woodpecker was seen feeding on the trunk of a tree and two Hairy Woodpeckers, one we had closeup looks at as he was pecking at a log on the ground just off the trail and the other was feeding on a deciduous tree trunk.  Four Eurasian Wigeons were in with a very large flock of American Wigeons.

Eurasian Wigeon: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon 
American Wigeon 
Mallard 
Northern Pintail 
Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Green-wing Teal 
Gadwall
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser 
Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon 
Common Loon
Horned Grebe 
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Blue Heron 
Bald Eagle 
Great Horned Owl
Killdeer
Mew Gull
California Gull 
Iceland Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull 
Anna's Hummingbird 
Belted Kingfisher 
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Steller's Jay 
Northwestern Crow 
Common Raven
California Quail 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Pacific Wren 
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
American Robin
European Starling 
Spotted Towhee 
Fox Sparrow  
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Brewer's Blackbird 
House Finch

Great Horned Owl: Hans Laue Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 31, 2017, will be going to the Lot Ten 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 Brandt viewing platform(off highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach) at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding 
Neil Robins

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