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, 16 February 2010

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walk, February 16, 2010

Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday Bird Walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.
The morning was bright and sunny and the winds over the Strait of Georgia were calm.
We heard Red Crossbills singing all morning. A Western Meadowlark was singing when we first arrived at the estuary. We heard a Townsend's Warbler and a Hutton's Vireo and saw a Warbling Vireo. Spring was in the air with the morning filled with song. The Peregrine Falcon was in it's usual perch on a snag. Brant Geese, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were heading up the Strait of Georgia. A large raft of Mew, California, Thayer's and Glaucous-winged Gulls were just off the point. We saw eight Snow Geese, high above us, heading south . A Turkey Vulture, our first sighting of the year, was drifting above us at the end of the walk.

Twenty-five birders was and heard the following fifty-six species of birds:
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Townsend's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin

Good birding
Neil Robins
British Columbia

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