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Dec Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Dec 6, 2017
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December 19, 2017 - Englishman River Estuary

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in  Parksville. The morning was very snowy, cool and windy. The tide was high and we noted more birds appeared as the tide receded. Six Fox Sparrows were seen feeding just off the trail. Thirty Brant were seen on the Strait of Georgia. Five Killdeer and four Dunlin were seen feeding along the shoreline.

Four birders saw and heard the following twenty-three species:
Brant, Canada Geese, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Green-wing Teal, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Killdeer, Dunlin, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, European Starling, Brown Creeper, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow & Dark-eyed Junco.

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com)  early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”
The Tuesday Bird Walks will resume on January 09, 2018

Good birding
From us hardy birders-“David, Bud, John and Neil”

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE


December 12, 2017 - Englishman River Estuary

The Tuesday went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in  Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds. The highlight of the morning was the sighting of two Common Redpolls feeding in a tall birch tree next to the trail.  We heard a flock of Red Crossbills fly overhead.  We saw a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet moving very quickly in the trees along the trail.  A large flock of Brant Geese were spotted on the ocean. Ten Gadwall were seen near the shore line.  We had great views of a Hairy Woodpecker feeding in a tall conifer.  A Brandt’s Cormorant, several Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers were seen just offshore.

Twenty-two birders including two visiting birders from St. Albert, Alberta saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Geese, Brandt Geese, American Widgeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Surf Scoter, White-wing Scoter, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, Common Murre, Belted Kingfisher, Killdeer, Great Blue Heron, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Shrike, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Steller’s Jay, American Robin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Brewers Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Common Redpoll, Red Crossbill, House Finch and Pine Siskin.

Please Note
Check this site (www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com)  early Tuesday and Sunday mornings on stormy mornings to see if the walks have been cancelled!

The Tuesday Bird walk on December 19, 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 in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the oceanside of Highway 19A in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

Good Birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE


Tuesday bird walk, December 05, 2017

Finally it wasn’t raining and the Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach in French Creek! Third try lucky!  The morning was cloudy with calm winds. A Merlin was spotted perched high up in a tall snag. Several flocks of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Common Loons and Long-tailed Ducks were seen just off shore. Many flocks of Common Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers and Pacific Loons were seen further offshore. Eight Brant Geese were seen heading down the Strait of Georgia.  Flocks of Ancient Murrelets and Common Murre were seen heading up the Strait all morning.  We spotted a Fox Sparrow, a Song Sparrow, four Varied Thrush and four White-crowned Sparrows just off the trail.

Looking towards the horizon from French Creek, we were entertained by two Hump-backed Whales for fifteen minutes as they spouted and came in and out of the ocean.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-nine species:
Trumpeter Swan, Canada Geese, Brant Harlequin Duck, American Wigeon, Mallard, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Ancient Murrelet, Common Murre, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Black Turnstone, Mew Gull, California Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Eurasian-collared Dove, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Steller’s Jay, Anna’s Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee,  American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco & Pine Siskin.
The Tuesday Bird walk on December 12, 2017, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at the end of Shelly Road on the oceanside of Highway 19A in Parksville at about 9:10 a.m.

Good Birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

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