Tuesday, 10 October 2017


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:
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Pigeon Guillimot
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Merlin
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Killdeer
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Rock Pigeon
                                                               Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
White-crowned Sparrow
Anne’s Hummingbird
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer’s Blackbird
House Finch
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
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.

Good birding 
Neil Robins

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