Are you ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count? This February 17-20th, the Great Backyard Bird Count and help scientists better understand and protect birds worldwide. For as little as 15 minutes, sit in your favorite bird watching location and identify and count birds, then submit them to the GBBC.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 16, 2014

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was filled with light rain and the Strait of Georgia was calm. The highlights included seeing a Eurasian Wigeon in with a huge flock of American Wigeon next to the parking lot. Large numbers of singing Black Scoters along with many White-winged Scoters were not far from shore. Fifteen Long-tailed Ducks, two Marbled Murrelets, two Common Murre and a Pigeon Guillemot were diving and surfacing just off the Point not far from shore giving great views.
Long-tailed Duck: Ralph Hocken Photo.   
                                                         Eurasian Wigeon: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

Eighteen birders including a visiting birder from Manitoba saw and heard the following forty-seven species:
Canada Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
 Harlequin Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
 Long-tailed Duck
 Common Goldeneye
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
Marbled Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
 Pacific Loon
Common LoonHorned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
 Mew Gull
Thayer’s Gull
California Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Steller’s Jay
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
 American Robin
 Varied Thrush
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow 
 White-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
House Sparrow
House Finch
  Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on December 23, 2014 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. 

Good Birding
Neil Robins

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