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Oct Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Oct 4, 2017
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Oct 31, 2017 - Brandt Viewing Platform Lot 10 North Qualicum

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Brandt viewing platform and Lot Ten in north Qualicum Beach. The morning was clear and sunny with calm winds, making for a very pleasant bird walk.  The highlight of the morning was when we sighted four Humpbacked Whales far offshore. The whales entertained us royally for an hour as we watched them spout and breach.  Two Western Grebes were spotted in with a flock of Buffleheads not far from shore.  A Long-tailed Duck flew just above the water heading down the Strait Of Georgia.  Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Mergansers and Black Scoters were seen not far from shore.  At Lot Ten we watched large numbers of Glaucous-winged Gulls feeding on fish carcasses along the river banks.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following forty-one species:
Canada Geese, Harlequin Duck, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Pigeon Guillemot, Black-bellied Plover,
Black Oystercatcher, Bonaparte’s Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Bald Eagle, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Eurasian Dove, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Bewick’s Wren, Pacific Wren, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee & Dark-eyed Junco.

The Tuesday bird walk on November 07, 2017 will be going to the Englishman River, Plummer Road side 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 corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive at about 9:10 a.m.

Good Birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE


October 24, 2017 - Englishman River Estuary

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary on the Shelly Road side in Parksville.. The morning was clear and sunny with calm winds, making for a very pleasant bird walk.  We had great views of a Great Horned Owl watching us as he perched next to the trunk of a tall tree just off the trail.  Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets were seen feeding on the trees along the trail.  We were entertained royally by the five Woodpecker species on the island during morning.  A Pileated Woodpecker was perched at the top of a tall tree, six Northern Flickers were seen throughout the morning, a Red-breasted Sapsucker flew in to give us a quick view, a Downy Woodpecker was seen feeding on the trunk of a tree and two Hairy Woodpeckers, one we had closeup looks at as he was pecking at a log on the ground just off the trail and the other was feeding on a deciduous tree trunk.  Four Eurasian Wigeons were in with a very large flock of American Wigeons.

Thirteen birders saw and heard the following fifty-four species:
Canada Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Harlequin Duck, Greater Scaup, Green-wing Teal, Gadwall, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Killdeer, Mew Gull, California Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Anna's Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, California Quail, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird & House Finch.

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 31, 2017, will be going to the Lot Ten in Qualicum Beach. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the parking lot in front of the Lions Club Playground) at 9:00 a.m. or at Brandt viewing platform(off highway 19a in north Qualicum Beach) at about 9:20 a.m.


Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

October 17, 2017 - Little Qualicum River Estuary

The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk but it turned clear and sunny later on---making for a pleasant bird walk.  We spotted an American Kestrel high up in a tall conifer tree.  A Brandt’s Cormorant and a Long-tailed Duck was seen just off shore heading up the Strait of Georgia. Twenty-five Bald Eagles were seen during the walk, many right along the shore line.  A Ring-billed Gull, two Herring Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were seen during the morning.  A large flock of Red-breasted Mergansers  flew low over the water heading down the Strait.

Eleven birders saw and heard the following forty-two species:

Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-wing Teal, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe,  Brandt’s Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Merlin, Black Oystercatcher, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Eurasian-collared Dove, European Starling, Northern Flicker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, American Robin, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbird, Spotted Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow,  Dark-eyed Junco & House Sparrow.

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 24, 2017, will be going to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary 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



October 10, 2017 - Deep Bay

The Tuesday bird walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was cloudy and with rain for the first half of the walk and then turned clear and sunny, making for a pleasant bird walk. Hundreds of Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and singing Black Scoters were seen on the Strait of Georgia.  We spotted the first of the season Long-tailed Ducks just offshore.  Three Pigeon Guillimots, seven Ancient Murrelets and four Marbled Murrelets were seen on the Strait during the walk.  We watched a Merlin chasing a flock of crows high above a conifer tree near the trail.  Two Black Turnstones and seven Black Oystercatchers were seen on the gravel bar near the shore.

Ten birders saw and heard the following fifty-three species:

American Widgeon, Northern Pintail, Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup, Common Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Pigeon Guillimot, Ancient Murrelet, Marbled Murrelet, Pelagic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, Merlin, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Killdeer, Bonaparte’s Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Eurasian-collared Dove, Rock Pigeon, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Northern Flicker, Stellers Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, White-crowned Sparrow, Anne’s Hummingbird, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Brewer’s Blackbird, House Finch, Purple Finch & American Goldfinch.

The Tuesday Bird walk on October 17, 2017, will be going to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum . 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 Brant viewing platform in north Qualicum Beach at about 9:15 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE



October 3, 2017 - Rathtrevor Provincial Park

The Tuesday bird walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.  The morning was sunny and the winds were calm.  A Bald Eagle was spotted high in a conifer tree near the parking lot. Twelve Savannah Sparrows were perched in a bush next to the trail.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler was seen hawking insects from a tall tree near the trail. A Merlin was spotted high in a conifer tree.  Twelve Horned Grebes, twenty Red-necked Grebes and five Western Grebes were seen not far from shore.  A large number of Pacific Loons, several Common Loons, four Double-crested Cormorants, six Pelagic Cormorants and one Pigeon Guillemot were seen heading up the Strait of Georgia.  Two flocks of over one hundred Bonaparte's Gulls were seen heading up the Strait near the horizon.  A Brown Creeper was spotted climbing a fir tree next to the trail. Two Bewick’s Wrens were feeding on a small bush. Two Varied Thrush were spotted high up on a fir tree.  A Cooper’s Hawk flew over head and landed in a short tree giving us great views.  We had a great birding morning! 

Twenty-five birders including visiting birders from California and Vancouver saw and heard the following fifty-five species:

Canada Geese, Mallard, American Wigeon, Harlequin Duck, Green-wing Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Iceland Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Anna’s Hummingbird, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Bewick’s Wren, Pacific Wren, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow,   Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin and House Finch.
The Tuesday Bird walk on October 10, 2017, will be going to Deep Bay . 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 parking lot at the Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE 

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