The Backyard's Weekly Bird Walk locations are found in the Backyard Bird Report at the very end of the most recent report. Any cancellations will be posted here by 8am the day of the walk. Our first bird walks of the year are going out on Sunday February 4th and Tuesday February 6th. Locations will be posted to our next Bird Report.

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Parksville/Qualicum beach Tuesday bird walk, October 11, 2016

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday birdwalk, October 11, 2016

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was sunny and warm.  We saw and heard a large number of Golden-crowned Kinglets at the start of the walk.  A Barred Owl was perched on a snag not far from the trail, giving us great long views.  We had six sightings of Northern Shrike perched at the top of shrubs on the meadows.  A large flock of Black Turnstones landed on a log next to the shoreline near American Wigeons, Mallards, a Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintails and Harlequin Ducks. We watched in fascination as a  Bald Eagle swooped in and chased a Mallard for a about 10 minutes before catching him. The Eagle held the Mallard under the water until the Mallard broke free, with the Eagle in hot pursuit.  The Mallard escaped to the cheering birders!  A  Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk were seen high overhead.

Barred Owl: John Purves Photo:

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-eight species:
Canada Geese
 American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
 Northern Pintail
 Harlequin Duck
 Green-wing Teal
 Surf Scoter
 White-winged Scoter
 Common Merganser
 Red-breasted Merganser
 Pacific Loon
 Common Loon
 Horned Grebe
 Red-necked Grebe
 Double-crested Cormorant
 Great Blue Heron
Barred Owl
 Bald Eagle
                                                    Red-tailed Hawk
 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Black Turnstone
Northern Shrike
 Mew Gull
 Bonaparte’s Gull
 California Gull
 Thayer's Gull
 Glaucous-winged Gull
 Anna's Hummingbird
 Belted Kingfisher
 Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
 Northwestern Crow
 Common Raven
American Pipit
 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
 Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
 Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 American Robin
Townsend’s Solitaire
 European Starling
 Spotted Towhee
 Savannah Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Golden-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbird
 Brewer's Blackbird
 House Finch
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch

Northern Shrike: Ralph Hocken Photo.

The Tuesday bird walk on October 18, 2016 will be going to Lot Ten north of Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids playground at 9:00 a.m. Or at the Brant Viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

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