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 31 December 2013

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, December 31, 2013

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and fairly warm for this time of the year.  We spotted a Western Gull feeding on the rocky shore.  Black-bellied Plovers, Dunlin, Black Oystercatchers and Black Turnstones were seen along the gravel bar.  Thirty Ancient Murrelets were seen offshore at the viewing platform. Over one hundred Black Scoters were singing just offshore at the “A” frame house near the estuary.  Hundreds of Pacific Loons and several Common Loons were seen far offshore.  A Eurasian Widgeon was seen feeding with the American Widgeon in the estuary.  Thirty-six Trumpeter Swans were swimming in the fresh water as it entered the salt water at the estuary.  At the end of the walk we spotted one Long-tailed Duck flying down the Strait of Georgia.                             

                                                     Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Nineteen birders saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
American Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Mew Gull
California Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Eurasian-collared Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird 

The Tuesday bird walk on January 07, 2014 will be going to Columbia Beach.


                                                      Dunlin: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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