The Tuesday bird walk on February 21, 2017 went to Deep Bay. The morning was sunny and warm and the winds were calm. The Strait of Georgia was as smooth as glass. Four Trumpeter Swans flew over head. A large number of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen and heard on the water not far from shore. A flock of at least sixty-eight Long-tailed Ducks were about fifty feet from shore and entertained us with their singing for a good part of the morning. A Pigeon Guillemot in winter plumage was spotted near the boats. A White-crowned Sparrow, two Golden-crowned Sparrows were in the bushes along the roadway and there were several House Finch's were perched and singing just off the road—Spring is here!!
Long-tailed Ducks: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following forty-four species:
Great Blue Heron
Golden-crowned SparrowDark-eyed Junco
Black Scoter: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday bird walk on February 28, 2017 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery in north Qualicum Beach.Meet at the Parksville Community Park in Parksville, at the parking lot near the Lions Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.