The first Tuesday bird walk for the fall went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The morning started out cloudy but soon turned sunny with a light breeze. The highlights included seeing a Parasitic Jaeger flying low over the water heading down the Strait of Georgia. Not far from shore, a mixed flock of Common Terns and Arctic Terns were circling and playing in the wind as they flew down the Strait. We saw a hawk lift numerous gulls from a gravel bar near the ocean. The Hawk landed near the gulls and we had a chance to study it with our scopes. We concluded that the Hawk, with the long tail of an accipiter, broad head and bulky body and a white “eyebrow” above the eye was a Northern Goshawk. A pair of American Kestrels put on a show for us as they chased each other over the meadow.
Parasitic Jaeger: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, along with two birders from the United Kingdom and Ontario who have just moved to this area, saw and heard the following forty species.
Common Terns: Ralph Hocken Photo
The Tuesday bird walk on September 15 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.
Meet at the Parksville Bay Community Park at the Lions Club Playground parking lot at 9:00 am. Or at the Brant Viewing Platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am