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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, September 22, 2009

Surf Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville this week. The tide was high and the sea was calm. The winds were calm and the sun was shinning a great morning to be birding. The highlights of the morning included seeing two Western Grebes, three Pelagic Cormorants, a Pacific Loon and several Glaucous-winged Gulls in a small feeding frenzy on the water. We saw a Brandt's Cormorant and a raft of Surf Scoters on the Strait of Georgia. On the top a Fir Tree we spotted a flock of singing Red Crossbills.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-five species of birds:
Canada Goose
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Bonaparte's Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Marbled Murrelet
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill

Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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