The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk. Our first bird walks of the year are going out on Sunday February 4th and Tuesday February 6th. Locations will be posted to our next Bird Report.

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 17, 2013

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:
American Widgeon
Common Goldeneye
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Mew Gull
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Pacific Wren
Brown Creeper
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
                                                     Bald Eagle: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on December 24, 2013 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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