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 March 2009

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, March 24, 2009

Brant: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Parksville Bay in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and the winds turned quite strong as the morning progressed. Twenty birders saw and heard thirty-three species of birds.
Among the highlights of the morning were about 2000 Brant Geese feeding in the Bay. Further out there were huge rafts of Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, Bufflehead, Common
Goldeneye and Long-tailed Ducks. There were Northern Pintail Ducks, two Eurasian Wigeon and one Gadwall among the American Wigeon near the gravel bar. A flock of Dunlin flew onto a smaller gravel bar with one Black-bellied Plover and two Black Oystercatchers. A Bald Eagle passed over the gravel bar and the Ducks, Geese and Gulls lifted creating a spectacular sight and unforgettable sound.

Twenty birders saw and heard the following thirty-three species of birds.
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow

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