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Sept 2017 Bird Walks

Posted By:  Kathy Fraser on Sep 7, 2017
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Black TurnstonePie-billed Grebe 
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Little Qualicum River Estuary in Qualicum Beach.  The morning was cloudy with calm winds. We saw flocks of Canada Geese, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Black Scoters, several Common Loons,
Horned Grebes and Red-necked Grebes from the Brant viewing platform. A Parasitic Jaeger was spotted heading up the Strait of Georgia. Four Black Oystercatchers and several Black Turnstones were seen feeding along the shore line. Two Yellow-rumped Warblers, entertained us along the walk to the river. We spotted a Merlin perched in a tall snag near the trail. We saw
twenty Great Blue Herons along the tideline during the morning. A Ring-billed Gull, several Mew Gulls, California Gulls and
Glaucous-winged Gulls were seen along the gravel bars.

Six birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:
Canada Geese, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Green-wing Teal, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Common Merganser, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Mew Gull, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Parasitic Jaeger, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Eurasian-collared Dove, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Anna’s Hummingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Pipit, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, European Starling, Brewer’s Blackbird, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch.

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 26, 2017, will be going to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. 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 area off Admiral Tryon Bld. (Turn off highway 19a on at Columbia Drive, turn right onto Admiral Tryon Bld. go about 100 yards to the parking area)  meet at about 9:20 a.m.
Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE   


The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and smokie with a light breeze off the Strait of Georgia. We spotted a Barred Owl as it moved along the forest.   It stopped to look us over, giving us great views. We watched as Cedar Waxwings, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Cassin’s Vireo and a Willow Flycatcher came and went as they fed on a berry tree just off the trail.  We saw a Merlin perched on a big snag near the strait.  One Pigeon Guillemot and two Marbled Murrelets were seen near the shore heading down the Strait of Georgia.  Three River Otters were seen walking along a gravel bar.  We spotted Two Pacific White- sided Dolphins swimming just off shore going down the Strait.

We watched in fascination as five Killer Whales headed up the Strait, diving and surfacing above the water.   Much to our enjoyment they turned around and headed down the Strait, doubling our pleasure. We were entertained for about forty-five minutes.  It was a Whale of a Bird Walk this morning!

Seventeen birders saw and heard the following forty-three species:

Canada Geese, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Grebe, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Barred Owl, Great Blue Heron, California Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, California Quail, Steller’s Jay, Northwestern Crow, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Bushtit, Berwick’s Wren, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Anna’s Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Cassin’s Vireo, Willow Flycatcher, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Five Killer Whales, Two Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Three River Otters.

The Tuesday Bird walk on September 12, 2017, will be going to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. Meet at the Parksville Community Park (at the Lions Club Playground parking lot) at 9:00 a.m. or at the corner of Plummer Road and Shorewood Drive on the Oceanside of Highway 19a at about 9:10 a.m.

Good birding
Neil Robins
THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE

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