Parksville/Qualicum Beach--Tuesday bird walk, September 20, 2016:
The morning started out with rain showers, but it soon cleared and the sun shone, brightly. The winds were calm on the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Cedar Waxwings and American Robins greeted us at the start of the walk. We spotted a Townsend’s Solitaire perched high up in a tall conifer tree. Two Ring-billed Gulls, several Bonaparte's Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and one lone Thayer’s Gull were preening near the shore. Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Western Grebes and a Pacific Loon in breeding plumage were seen further offshore. We were entertained by a Townsend’s Warbler, a large number of Orange-crowned Warblers and several Yellow-rumped Warblers in the forest. Many flocks of American Robins were seen through out the morning. A very large flock of Canada Geese flew high overhead heading south.
Twenty-three birders including visiting birders from the United Kingdom, Georgetown Ontario, Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta saw and hear the following fifty-three species:
Red-breasted MerganserHorned Grebe
Spotted TowheeGolden-crowned Sparrow
The Tuesday bird walk on September 27, 2016 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.