The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.
Several large flocks of Brant Geese were heading up the Strait. A Brandt’s Cormorant, several Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks and Surf Scoters were seen offshore. One Marbled Murrelet, an Ancient Murrelet and a Common Murre were seen further offshore. One Ring-billed Gull, two Black-bellied Plovers, four Killdeer, four Greater Yellowlegs, twenty Black Turnstones and three Black Oystercatchers were feeding alone the shore near the gravel bar. A Northern Shoveler was spotted feeding along French Creek. Four California Quail were seen hiding in a bush just off the trail at French Creek.
Greater Yellowlegs: Ralph Hocken Photo.
Twenty-two birders, including visiting birders from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Washington State saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Ring-billed Gull: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on February 21, 2017 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 Deep Bay Marina parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.