The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walks will be resuming on Tuesday September 5th and Sunday September 10th. Locations and more information in the most recent post.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 08, 2015

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the English River Estuary in Parksville. The morning started out with light rain and calm winds, but the rain showers stopped shortly after we began and it was quite warm, making for a great morning of birding. We heard and then saw a Ringed-neck Pheasant at the base of a short bush at the edge of the meadow. A Merlin, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Cooper’s Hawk were seen in the same area along the meadow.  Six Western Meadowlarks were perched on a bush in the meadow. Four Gadwall were swimming in the flooded estuary. Twenty Trumpeter Swans were heading down the island high above us. Over forty Bald Eagle were circling overhead and  perched on the tall conifers all morning. 

                                                                Western Meadowlark: Ralph Hocken Photo.

Four enthusiastic  birders saw and heard the following sixty-one species:
Canada Geese
Trumpeter Swan
 American Widgeon
 Harlequin Duck
 Surf Scoter
White-wing Scoter
Barrow’s Goldeneye
 Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
 Common Merganser
 Common Loon
 Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
  Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
 Great Blue Heron
 Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Coopers Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
 Mew Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
  Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
Steller’s Jay
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Ringed-neck Pheasant
 American Robin
Varied Thrush
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Bewick's Wren
 Pacific Wren
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 European Starling
Western Meadowlark
 Spotted Towhee
Red-wing Blackbird
Brewers Blackbird
 Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch
 House Finch
Pine Siskin

                                                           Ring-necked Pheasant: Ralph Hocken Photo. 

The Tuesday bird walk on December 15, 2015 will be going to  Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. Meet at Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Park at about  9:10 a.m. 

Good birding
Neil Robins

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