The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. We were greeted at the beach by four Black Oystercatchers, hundreds of Brant, Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers feeding along the shoreline. Further offshore we saw hundreds of Common Murre, Mew Gulls, Thayer’s Gulls, California Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls in a feeding frenzy with Sea Lions stirring up the sea. A flock of singing Red Crossbills landed in a tree just off the trail giving us great views. Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Golden-crowned Kinglets played hide and seek with us as they fed in the bushes near the trail. We spotted a Dark-eyed Junco in the forest with a mustache of nesting material. A flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers and two Orange-crowned Warblers were feeding just above us near the end of the walk. As we were doing the morning tally we spotted Bushtits in the bushes.Orange-crowned Warbler: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Nineteen birders including visiting birders from Calgary, St. Albert and Red Deer saw and heard the following forty-two species:
Black-bellied Plover: Ralph Hocken Photo:
The Tuesday bird walk on April 11, 2017 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park at the parking lot near the Lions Club Kids Playground at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.
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