The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. Five Bald Eagles were playing in the sky at the beginning of the walk. Hundreds of Dunlin and several Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstones were feeding along the receding tide line. Flocks of Common Murre were heading down the Strait close to shore. A Common Raven performed overhead calling his unique call and flipping on his back—a really a neat sight! Near the end of the walk, a Barred Owl nearly hit Linda’s head as it flew by in pursuit of a mouse. The mouse became his appetizer for lunch as he perched on a nearby tree.
Dunlin:Ralph Hocken Photo
Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Eleven birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
The Tuesday bird walk on December 24, 2013 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville.