The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walks will be resuming on Tuesday September 5th and Sunday September 10th. Locations and more information in the most recent post.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Parksville/Qualicum Beach-Tuesday bird walk

California Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach. Eighteen birders saw and heard forty-four species of birds.

The morning was clear with sunny periods and the winds were calm. We had good a view across the Strait of Georgia with our spotting scopes. Long lines of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters and Greater Scaup were heading up the Strait. Long-tailed Ducks, Harlequin Ducks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Mergansers, two Horned Grebes and two Barrow's Goldeneye spent most of the morning just off-shore. A large flock of Common Murres headed up the Strait and there were several Common Murres resting on the water a long way from shore. Thousands of Gulls streamed overhead, heading up island, all morning. Two Black-bellied Plovers and a Killdeer were feeding near the gravel bar. We saw large flocks of California Gulls, Mew Gulls, Thayer's Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and a few Ring-billed Gulls roosting on the leeward side of the gravel bar. We watched a White-crown Sparrow sing from the top of a bush. As we were leaving the parking area at the end of the walk we
spotted a Merlin attempt to catch a small bird.

Eighteen birders found the following forty-four species of birds on February 24, 2009:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Rock Pigeon
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow

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