Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, March 20, 2018




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, March 20, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk stopped at the Brant Viewing Area in Qualicum Beach on our way to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery north of Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm winds.  We estimated that we could see over twenty thousand Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Brant, Lesser Scaup and Greater Scaup on the Strait from the Brant viewing area.  A large raft of Long-tailed Ducks and Western Grebes  were seen further off shore. Black Turnstones and Black-bellied Plovers were resting along the shoreline.  There were two American Dippers on the Little Qualicum River at the fish hatchery.  Varied Thrush and American Robins entertained us with their singing all morning.  Red-breasted Sapsuckers were seen feeding from tree sap just off the trail.  Several Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen not far from the trail. We spotted six Bald Eagles circling high above us.
American Dipper: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Twenty-two  birders including visiting birders from Ottawa and Saskatoon saw and heard the following fifty-two species:
Canada Goose
Brant
American Widgeon
Mallard
Long-tailed Duck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Common Murre
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Mew Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
California Gull
Iceland(Thayer's) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black Turnstones
Black-bellied Plover
Bald Eagle
American Dipper
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-breasted Sapsucker: Ralph Hocken Photo:

PleaseNote
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 March 27, 2018 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.

The Sunday Bird Walk on Marsh 25, 2018 will be going to the Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 AM., or the main parking lot off Bowen Road at Bowen Park near the bowling green of at about 9:20AM.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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