Parksville/Qualicum Beach, Tuesday bird walk February 06, 2018:
Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds—and no rain! We watched as a Yellow-billed Loon was swimming and diving off shore along the Strait of Georgia for a good portion of the morning. There were many flocks of Pacific Loons, Common Loons and Brant Geese heading up the Strait. Large flocks of Harlequin Ducks, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, Wing-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were spotted not far from shore. A Large flock of Western Grebes were seen further off shore. A small flock of Brant Geese were right along the shore line. As a grand finale at the end the walk, two Trumpeter Swans flew high overhead heading down the island.
Yellow-billed Loon: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Seattle, North Vancouver and Red Deer saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Trumpeter Swans: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!
The Tuesday Bird Walk will on February 13, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. (from Highway 19A turn onto Columbia Road and turn right at the tee intersection. Go about one hundred feet along Admiral Tryon Blvd. to the parking lot on the left) at about 9:20 am.
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