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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 13, 2018




Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, November 13, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville. 
The morning was cloudy with very strong winds off the Strait of Georgia. A large flock of Surf Scoters and  White-winged Scoters were seen far offshore.  Two  Brant Geese were heading into the shore from the strait and nine Brant were seen further off shore. Two Common Murre and a Marbled Murrelet were spotted heading up the Strait.  A flock of Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye were riding the waves.  Several Horned Grebes, many Red-neck Grebes and a Western Grebe were playing hide and seek in the rough surf.  A Golden-crowned Kinglet was feeding in the tall trees along the trail.  A large number of Dark-eyed Juncos were seen during the walk.  

Brant Goose: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Twenty-three birders including a visiting birder from Fort MacMurray saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
 Brant Geese
Snow Geese
Canada Goose
Mallard
American Widgeon
Northern Pintail
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-neck Grebe
Western Grebe
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Common Murre
Marbled Murrelet
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
California Gull
Iceland (Thayer's) Gull
Bald Eagle
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Northern flicker
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Anna’s Hummingbird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Pacific Wren
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Purple Finch
Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eye Junco: Ralph Hocken Photo:

Thirty-one  Snow Geese were seen in the fields at the Parksville Community Park before the start of the walk.
Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com) early Tuesday and Sunday on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Sunday Bird Walk on November 18, 2018 will be going to Buttertubs Park in Nanaimo. Meet at the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store, 6314 Metral Drive in Nanaimo at 9:00 am or at Buttertubs Marsh at the Bowen Road side of Buttertubs at about 9:15 am.
The Tuesday Bird Walk on November 20, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 am.
Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo, B.C. 
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Email: thebackyard@shaw.ca

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