Parksville/Qualicum Beach Tuesday bird walk, December 04, 2018
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary.
The morning was clear with calm winds on the Strait of Georgia. This bird walk turned out to be a whale of a walk as we were entertained for most of the morning with the sight of the whales breaching and blowing. There where were at least five Humpback Whales. Many Green-wing Teal, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Mergansers, Red-necked Grebes, Horned Grebes, Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Double-crested Cormorants, Pacific and Pacific Loons were on the Strait. Over two hundred Trumpeter Swans, six Snow Geese, a large flock of Canada Geese and one Cackling Geese were seen at the mouth of the Little Qualicum River. Three Lone-billed Dowitchers, a flock of Killdeer and many Black Turnstone were seen on the estuary. A large flock of Western Grebe were seen near the far horizon at the end of the walk.
Trumpeter Swans: Ralph Hocken Photo:
Twenty-one birders including a visiting birder from California saw and heard the following fifty-five species:
Great Blue Heron
Song SparrowWhite-crowned Sparrow
The Tuesday Bird Walk on December 11, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach in French Creek. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area along Admiral Trylon Bld. off Columbia Drive at French Creek at about 9:15 am.
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