The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. The wind was blasting off the Strait of Georgia and through the forest all morning. We saw Golden-crowned Kinglets feeding on the trail just ahead of us at the start of the walk. We spotted a pair of Varied Thrush not far from the trail and they gave us a great show playing around with each other. There was a young Peregrine Falcon perched in a tall tree swaying in the wind not far from us. Surf Scoters and White-wing Scoters were playing hide and seek with us in the choppy waters on the Strait. Common Loons and Pacific Loons were seen flying just above the water heading down the Strait.
Peregrine Falcon: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Nine dedicated birders, including a visiting birder from Whitehorse, saw and heard the following forty species:
Great Blue Heron
Varied Thrush: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on January 24, 2017 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the parking lot next to the Lions kid playground in the Parksville Community Park at 9:00 a.m. Or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.