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.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 10, 2013


The Tuesday, Bird Walk went to the Shelley Road side of the Englishman River Estuary.
The morning was cloudy and just above freezing, and we were lucky enough to stay dry throughout the walk.  Several flocks of Common Murre were spotted flying over the water at the end of the estuary, and the distinct call of a Killdeer was also heard.  A Peregrine Falcon was perched in a tree in the marsh area, giving everyone a good view.
       Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken
                    13 birders saw or heard the following 44 species:
Canada Geese
American Widgeon
Harlequin Duck
Northern Pintail
Green-wing Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Murre
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Bald Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Northern Shrike
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer's  Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Anna's Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco


                                                    Killdeer: Ralph Hocken Photo.


The Tuesday bird walk on December 17 will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville.
Good birding

P.S. Many thanks to Rhonda, Paul and John for leading this bird walk.

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