Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Tuesday bird walk, April 03, 2018


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, April 03, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. There were a large number of Brant Geese, Pacific Loons and Common Loons not far from shore.  Flocks of Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks were seen flying up the Strait of Georgia.  A pair of Marbled Murrelet were seen far off shore.  Black Oystercatchers, Black Turnstones, Killdeer, Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin were seen close to shore.  A House Finch was spotted singing next to the trail.  A Fox Sparrow flew in to a bush next to us giving us great views.

Black Turnstone: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following sixty species:
Canada Geese
Brant
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Harlequin Duck
Northern Pintail
Mallard
Ring-neck Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Marbled Murrelet
                                                                    Common Murre
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Killdeer
Black-bellied Plover
Dunlin
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland(Thayer's) Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Bald Eagle
Merlin
Eurasian-collared Dove
California Quail
Northern Flicker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-wing Blackbird
Dark-eyed Junco
House Finch
House Sparrow

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 Sunday Bird Walk on April 08, 2018 will be going to the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird store at 9:00 am or at the end of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m. 

The Tuesday Bird Walk on April 10, 2018 will be going to Springwood Park in Parksville.  Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the west end of Despard Avenue at about 9:10 am.

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












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