The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy with a breeze off the Strait of Georgia. A flock of twelve Black Scoters, three flocks of Surf Scoters, several White-winged Scoters, numerous Red-breasted Mergansers, Pacific Loons and Common Loons were seen on the Strait. A Red-tailed Hawk, a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Merlin flew overhead, entertaining us during the morning. One Killdeer, four Black Turnstones, a Dunlin, two Pectoral Sandpipers and nine Black Oystercatchers were seen feeding close to shore. A large flock of Bonaparte's Gulls gathered along the gravel bars not far from shore.
Eleven birders saw and heard the following fifty-six species:
Great Blue Heron
Eurasian Collared Dove
Red-winged BlackbirdSpotted Towhee
Black Turnstones and Bonaparte's Gulls in flight: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on October 20, 2015 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Parks at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9: 40 a.m.
Good birdingNeil Robins