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, 22 January 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, January 22, 2013

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and cool with sight breeze off the Strait of Georgia. The highlights included seeing a mixed flock of Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets feeding low in bushes next to the trail. We saw large numbers of Common Murre and one Rhinoceros Auklet on the Strait. The species of the morning was the sighting of three Pine Grosbeaks ( russet variant) feeding on Hawthorn berries in the bushes not far from the viewing platform along the trail.
Fifteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Trumpeter Swan
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Rhinoceros Auklet
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian Collared Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Pine Grosbeak
Spotted Towhee
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Red Crossbill
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
 Neil Robins
British Columbia






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