The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny but cool with calm winds. We spotted a large flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees feeding on a low conifer giving us great close views. Over one hundred Bonaparte's Gulls were bathing in the water with a large mixed flock of other gulls. Five Long-tailed Duck’s were diving and swimming just offshore. A raft of Bufflehead and one lone Common Goldeneye were floating on the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Northern Shrike chasing prey and then heading back to it’s perch on a short bush. We spotted a Wilson’s Snipe feeding at the end of the little pond just off the trail.
Wilson’s Snipe: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Seventeen birders including visiting birders from Montana and Victoria saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Great Blue Heron
Bonaparte's Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on November 05 will be going to Deep Bay.