January 9, 2018 - Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville. The morning was mostly sunny but there was a very strong wind off the Strait of Georgia.
Two Brant and a large flock of American Widgeons greeted us at the start of the walk. Two Golden-crowned Sparrows were seen feeding on the trail not far from us.
A large number of Northern Pintail flew overhead heading up the Strait. A flock of White-winged Scoters were spotted hiding in the high waves offshore. Common Murre heading up the Strait all morning. California Gulls and Mew Gulls flew high overhead.
A Yellow-rumped Warbler was spotted high up in a conifer tree. Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were feeding in low bushes just off the trail.
Twenty-five birders saw and heard forty species.January 16, 2018 - Deep Bay
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Deep Bay. The morning was mostly cloudy with light showers but we finished the morning in sunshine and blue skies!
A large flock of Dunlin flew along the far shore. We spotted a Pie-billed Grebe just off shore. A Black-bellied Plover was seen resting on the gravel near the shoreline. A Black Oystercatcher was spotted further along the shoreline.
We saw eight Long-tailed Ducks in different plumages swimming and diving not twenty yards off shore giving us great views. A large flock of Greater Scaup, Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters and Black Scoters were seen further off shore.
The two surprise sightings of the morning were an Rufous Hummingbird and a Chipping Sparrow seen just off the trail at the point.
Sixteen birders saw and heard forty-six species.January 30, 2018 - Englishman River Estuary
The rain finally subsided and the Tuesday bird walk went to the Shelly Road side of the Englishman River Estuary in Parksville. The morning was cloudy with sunny periods with calm winds -
and no rain!
Brant Geese were spotted flying up the Strait of Georgia. A Western Gull and two California Gulls, along with a large flock of Mew Gulls were seen on a gravel bar just off shore. Four Gadwall were spotted along the Estuary. A Sharp-shinned Hawk was perched on a stump not far from the trail. A Cooper's Hawk flew over head.
We spotted a Northern Shrike perched in a bush. A large flock of Bushtits were seen feeding near the trail. Three Western Meadowlarks were perched near the Community Park. Three Virginia Rails were heard and one was seen next to the trail.
Fourteen birders including visiting birders from Seattle and North Vancouver saw and heard sixty species.
You can find regularly posted bird walk updates like this one on The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store blog.
To learn where the next Tuesday bird walk will be, check our calendar.
for more information on bird watching in Parksville Qualicum Beach.