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Dec Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Dec 6, 2017
Surf Scoter

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


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