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, 24 December 2013

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 24, 2013

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Plummer Road side in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and calm with peaks sunshine throughout the morning.  Nine Trumpeter Swans flew overhead at the community park. We spotted a Northern Shrike perched on a shrub near the river and we watched as it flew out for prey and returned to the perch. Far off shore we spotted ten Common Murre, four Marbled Murrelets, forty Ancient Murrelets, forty Western Grebes, two Pigeon Guillemots and hundreds of Pacific Loons on the Strait of Georgia. A Cooper’s Hawk was perched close to the viewing platform.

                            Cooper’s Hawk: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Eleven birders saw and head the following fifty-seven species.
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
California Quail
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Shrike
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatchers
Mew Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling
Spotted Towhee
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch

The Tuesday bird walk on December 31 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach.


                                          Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Merry Christmas
Neil Robins

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