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Feb Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Feb 7, 2018
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Little Qualicum River Estuary -  February 27, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in north Qualicum Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. One Black-bellied Plover and five Black Oystercatchers were seen along the shore at the Brant Viewing Platform off Highway 19A. Long-tailed Ducks,  Red-necked Grebes, Horned Grebes, Common Loons and Pacific Loons were seen further off shore. Six Orca’s ( Killer Whales) were seen far off shore and entertained us for a long time. A mixed flock of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were spotted just past the gravel bar at the estuary.  Large numbers of Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup were seen just off shore.  A Herring Gull and a Western Gull were perched in with a huge mixed flock of Gulls.

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Seattle, Calgary and Red Deer saw and heard the following forty-five species:
Canada Geese, Brant Mallard, American Widgeon, Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Brandt’s Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Killdeer, Mew Gull, California Gull, Iceland(Thayer's) Gull, Herring Gull, Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Ancient Murrelet, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, American Robin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco & a House Sparrow.

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 Tuesday Bird Walk on March 06, 2018 will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River. 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 on the ocean side of Highway 19A at about 9:10 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE


Parksville/Qualicum Beach - February 20, 2018

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville.  The morning was sunny with calm winds.  A large flock of Trumpeter Swans greeted us as they flew over head at the start of the walk. We spotted a singing Hutton’s Vireo sitting fairly low in a tree along the trail.  A large number of Chestnut-backed Chickadees were seen in the same area.  Six Varied Thrush were spotted along the ground not far from the trail.  A Eurasian Wigeon was seen in with a flock of American Wigeon and Green-winged Teal resting on the estuary.  A pair of Barrow’s Goldeneye and a pair of Common Goldeneye swam along the estuary. Three Brant flew down the Strait of Georgia.  A Northern Shrike perched on a tall snag, giving us great views.  We spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker perched at the top of a tall Conifer.  A Bald Eagle was spotted flying high in the blue sky alongside a Red-tailed Hawk.  Could they be from the nest in Victoria last summer ?

Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Yellowknife, Jasper, Red Deer, Calgary and Seattle saw and heard the following fifty-one species.
Trumpeter Swan, Canada Geese, Brant, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Barrows Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoter, Horne Grebe, Red-neck Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Shrike,
Killdeer, California Quail, Mew Gull, California Gull, Iceland-Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Steller’s Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hutton’s Vireo, Brown Creeper, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Purple Finch & a Pine Siskin.

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 Tuesday Bird Walk on February 27, 2018 will be going to the Qualicum River Estuary in 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 in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE


Parksville/Qualicum Beach -  February 13, 2018


The Tuesday bird walk went to Columbia Beach.  The morning was cloudy with a strong wind off the Strait of Georgia. There were large numbers of
Brant Geese, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Harlequin Ducks on the Strait during the morning.  A Eurasian Widgeon was seen in with a flock of American Widgeon on the French Creek estuary.  A pair of Ring-necked Ducks were spotted on the pond near French Creek.  A Pigeon Guillemot and several Common Murre were seen just offshore.  A House Finch was singing his heart out from a tree along the trail.  A flock of six Red Crossbills were spotted flying overhead.  We saw several Anna’s Hummingbirds perched on trees near the trail during the walk.

Sixteen birders saw and heard the following fifty species:
Brant, Eurasian Widgeon, American Widgeon, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle,  Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Black Oystercatcher, Mew Gull, California Gull, Iceland-Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker,  Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, Eurasian-collared Dove, Anna’s Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red Crossbill, House Finch and a House Sparrow.

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 Tuesday Bird Walk on February 20, 2018 will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the end of Shelly Road on the ocean side of Highway 19Aat about 9:10 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE  


Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park -  February 06, 2018

Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in  Parksville. The morning was cloudy with calm winds—and no rain!  We watched as a Yellow-billed Loon was swimming and diving off shore along the Strait of Georgia for a good portion of the morning.  There were many flocks of Pacific Loons, Common Loons and Brant Geese heading up the Strait. Large flocks of Harlequin Ducks, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoters, Wing-winged Scoters and Black Scoters  were spotted not far from shore. A Large flock of Western Grebes were seen further off shore.  A small flock of Brant Geese were right along the shore line. As a grand finale at the end the walk, two Trumpeter Swans flew high overhead heading down the island.

Twenty-two birders including visiting birders from Seattle, North Vancouver and Red Deer saw and heard the following thirty-five species:
Trumpeter Swan, Canada Geese, Brant Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Greater Scaup, Surf Scoter, Wing-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Yellow-billed Loon, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Western Grebe, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Murre, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Bald Eagle, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, American Robin, Anna’s Hummingbird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco and a Song Sparrow. 

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 will  on February 13, 2018 will be going to Columbia Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (near the Lions Club playground parking lot) in Parksville at 9:00 am, or at the parking area off Admiral Tryon Blvd. (from Highway 19A turn onto Columbia Road and turn right at the tee intersection.  Go about one hundred feet along Admiral Tryon Blvd. to the parking lot on the left) at about 9:20 am.

Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

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