The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with strong biting winds and rough seas. We saw a Savannah Sparrow perched on a log on the shore. Over thirty Long-tailed Ducks gave us a treat and flew in and landed not far from shore. We were challenged as we looked for the ducks hiding in the waves further out on the Strait . There were many flocks of Surf Scoters flying just above the water throughout the morning. We spotted a Red-throated Loon not far off shore. A mixed flock of Mew, California, Thayer's and Glaucous-winged Gulls were resting on a gravel bar close to shore. Thirteen Trumpeter Swans flew over the Strait at the end of the walk.
Savannah Sparrow: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Twelve birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on March 25, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville.