The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk and then turned clear and sunny, making for a pleasant bird walk. Hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and singing Black Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia. We spotted the first of the season Long-tailed Ducks just offshore. Three Pigeon Guillimots, seven Ancient Murrelets and four Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait during the walk. We watched a Merlin chasing a flock of crows high above a conifer tree near the trail. Two Black Turnstones and seven Black Oystercatchers were seen on the gravel bar near the shore.
Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:
Great Blue Heron
Rock PigeonNorthwestern Crow
Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:
The Tuesday Bird walk on October 17, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum . 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 9:15 a.m.
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive