Tuesday, 13 February 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk, February 13, 2018:
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. There were large numbers of Brant Geese, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Harlequin Ducks on the Strait during the morning.  A Eurasian Widgeon was seen in with a flock of American Widgeon on the French Creek estuary.  A pair of Ring-necked Ducks were spotted on the pond near French Creek.  A Pigeon Guillemot and several Common Murre were seen just offshore.  A House Finch was singing his heart out from a tree along the trail.  A flock of six Red Crossbills were spotted flying overhead.  We saw several Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on trees near the trail during the walk.

Eurasian Widgeon: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Brant
 Eurasian Widgeon
 American Widgeon
 Northern Pintail
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
 Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
 Pelagic Cormorant
 Brandt’s Cormorant
Pigeon Guillemot
Common Murre
 Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
  Black-bellied Plover
 Killdeer
 Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
 California Gull
Iceland-Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Northern Flicker
  Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
 European Starling
 Eurasian-collared Dove
 Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 American Robin
Spotted Towhee
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red Crossbill
House Finch 
House Sparrow
Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com)early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday Bird Walk on February 20, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of Highway 19Aat about 9:10 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins 
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
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Nanaimo B.C.
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Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Blog: www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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