Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 16, 208


Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, October 15, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm with calm winds from the Georgia Strait. Two Northern Flickers were seen high up in a tall tree off the trail. An Orange-crowned Warbler was feeding high up in a tree near the trail. We heard and then saw a Fox Sparrow singing in a bush along the trail. Two Cooper’s Hawks flew overhead giving us great views. We saw a Barred Owl perched on a tree not far from us. The owl spent a long time looking down on us.  A Western Meadowlark was seen on the meadows.  Many flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls were flying in single file, just above the water heading up the Strait.

Barred Owl:



Eighteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:

Canada Geese
American Wigeon
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Northern Shoveler
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Great Blue Heron
Barred Owl

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Killdeer
Herring Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared- Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Orange-crowned Warbler

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Bushtit

American Robin
European Starling
Western Meadowlark
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brewer's Blackbird
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
House Sparrow
 
Bonaparte's Gulls: 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 Sunday Bird Walk on October 21, 2018 will be going to Nanoose Bay on the beach near the church camp. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 a.m. or at beach near the church camp off Highway 19 and Arlington Road at about 9:20 am.

The Tuesday Bird Walk on October 23, 2018 will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area along Tryon Bld. (Turn onto Columbia Drive on oceanside of Highway19a.  Go to the tee intersection on Columbia Drive and turn right onto Admiral Tryon Bld. Go about one hundred yards to the parking area on the ocean) at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD& NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. 
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca


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