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.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, March 31, 2009

Fox Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was sunny with cloudy periods and the winds were brisk from the west.
Five birders saw and heard thirty-eight species of birds.
Among the highlights of the walk were about 1000 Brant Geese flying in and out of Rathtrevor Beach all morning. Long lines of Surf Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks flew over the white caps and roaring seas, heading up the Strait of Georgia. We saw Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin crouched close to the tideline protected from the wind and surf. Eight Turkey Vultures flew over us, a Rufous Hummingbird looked down on us from the top of a bush and a Hutton's Vireo sang from the bushes on the field near the old farmhouse. As we entered the parking area at the end of the walk we spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler calling from a low bush.

Five birders saw and heard the following thirty-eight species of birds.
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rufous Hummingbird
Northern Flicker
Hutton's Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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