Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 27, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman Estuary in Parksville.
After a night of heavy wind and rain, the morning was mostly sunny with calm winds. Two very large flocks of Pine Siskins greeted us at the start of the walk flying above the trees. A Eurasian Widgeon and two Gadwall were seen from the viewing ramp. A Varied Thrush was spotted preening in a bush not far from the trail. Long-tail Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-wing Scoters, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Red-necked Grebes, Horned Grebes, Barrow’s Goldeneye and Common Goldeneye were seen off shore on the Strait. Two Pileated Woodpeckers were seen just off the trail. A large flock of Pine Siskins flew out of a bush to the end of the walk.
Red-breasted Merganser: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Fourteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-one species:
Great Blue Heron
The Tuesday Bird Walk on December 04, 2018 will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the Brant viewing platform off Highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
314 Metral Drive