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:
Great Blue Heron
Pigeon Guillemot: Ralph Hocken Photo:
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.
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive