September 5, 2017 - Englishman River Estuary
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy and smoky 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 forty-three species.September 12, 2017 - Englishman River Estuary
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Plummer Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with strong winds off the Strait of Georgia.
We heard and then saw a Cassin's Vireo. Chestnut-backed Chickadees flew in the bushes just off the trail. Several Cedar Waxwings flew in and landed in the tall trees near the trail.
A large flock of Canada Geese, several Northern Pintails, Mallards, Green-winged Teal and an American Wigeon were resting along the mudflats. Large numbers of Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer were feeding along the mudflats.
White-winged Scoters, a Double-crested Cormorant, a Pelagic Cormorant and three Common Loons were seen on the Strait.
Twenty-one birders including visiting birders from Ontario, Washington and Alberta saw and heard thirty-nine species.September 19, 2017 - Little Qualicum River Estuary
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 forty-three species.September 26, 2017 - Columbia Beach
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Columbia Beach in French Creek. The morning was foggy with calm winds.
We spotted hundreds of Pacific Loons and Common Loons through the fog, on the water not far from shore. Ten Western Grebes and two Pigeon Guillemots were seen further off shore.
A Bald Eagle was perched high in a conifer tree. A Merlin was being chased by a feisty Anna's Hummingbird. Several Black Oystercatchers were seen along the shore line.
Large numbers of Black-bellied Plovers and Black Turnstones as well as Iceland Gulls, Mew Gulls, California Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls and two Herring Gulls were roosting along the gravel bar along with two Greater Yellowlegs .
Twenty-one birders saw and heard forty-one species.
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