Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 16, 2018


Tuesday bird walk, January 16, 2018:

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Deep Bay.
The morning was mostly cloudy with light showers but we finished the morning in sunshine and blue skies!  A large flock of Dunlin flew along the far shore.  We spotted a Pie-billed Grebe just off shore.  A Black-bellied Plover was seen resting on the gravel near the shoreline. A Black Oystercatcher was spotted further along the shoreline. We saw eight Long-tailed Ducks in different plumages swimming and diving not twenty yards off shore giving us great views.  A large flock of Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen further off shore. The two surprise sightings of the morning were an Rufous Hummingbird and a Chipping Sparrow seen just off the trail at the point.
Long-tailed Ducks: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following forty-six species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Ancient Murrelet
Pie-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Northwestern Crow
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Brewer’s Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
House Finch
                                              Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo:

The Tuesday Bird walk on January 23, 2018, will be going the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 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 end of Shelly Road (on the oceanside of highway 19A) at about 9:10 a.m.

Good Birding
Neil Robins

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