Downy Woodpecker: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a few sunny periods and wind off the Strait of Georgia. A male Anna’s hummingbird perched on a snag just off the trail giving us great looks at the colorful Hummer. The resident Northern Harrier put in a quick appearance as it flew over the estuary and disappeared behind some bushes. A Northern Shrike perched in a tall conifer over looking the estuary. Later the Shrike perched on a short bush just past the viewing platform not twenty feet from us. A flock of Common Murre flew just above the water heading down the Strait of Georgia. A flock of Evening Grosbeaks flew over the trail. We watched a male Downy Woodpecker feeding in a low bush with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet feeding on the bush just below him.
Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-five Species:
Eurasian Collared Dove
The Tuesday bird walk on December 18, 2012 will go to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The tide will be high--there is a monster tide of 17.3 feet predicted at 9:50 a.m.