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Feb Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Feb 7, 2018
Eurasian Widgeon
Eurasian Widgeon Trumpeter Swans 

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

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

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