The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning started out partly cloudy with calm winds but the wind picked up from the Strait of Georgia as the morning went on. Eight Snow Geese were seen at the Parksville Community Park. Two thousand Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters were seen offshore. Two large flocks of Greater Scaup were seen flying down the Strait. Long-tailed Ducks, Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes, Brandt's Cormorants and Doubled-crested Cormorants were seen on the water all morning. A large number of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding along the edge of the forest. A Hermit Thrush was spotted lowdown in the forest. We spotted a Palm Warbler pumping its tail constantly and moving quickly at the top of an apple tree near the Nature house.
Hermit Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Seventeen birders, including birders from Newfoundland and Gabriola Island, saw and heard the following fifty species:
Palm WarblerChestnut-backed Chickadee
Song SparrowWhite-crowned Sparrow
The Tuesday bird walk on November 08 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9:30 a.m.