Bird Outing Report: Englishman River Estuary, Aug. 27,2015

Today eight birders went to the Englishman Estuary in Parksville in search of shorebirds. The weather was partly cloudy to sunny. We didn’t see many shorebirds but we found the 30 species below. Highlights were the alcids (Rhinoceros Auklet, Common Murre, and Pigeon Guillemots) along the shore. We also went to the mouth of French Creek and the viewing stand at Qualicum Bay but still didn’t find many shorebirds.
Canada Goose
White-winged Scoter
Common Merganser
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Killdeer
Western Sandpiper
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Rhinoceros Auklet
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller’s Jay
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee

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Bird Outing Report: Oyster Bay, Aug.20, 2015

This morning at Oyster Bay it was sunny with a light breeze. Fifteen birders saw the following 19 species.
The highlights for the morning were excellent, close looks at Least and Western Sandpipers, giving a nice ID comparison.

2 Least Sandpipers + 1 Western Sandpiper

2 Least Sandpipers + 1 Western Sandpiper


Canada Goose
Northern Pintail
Common Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Pigeon Guillemot
Bonaparte’s Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Song Sparrow

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Bird Outing Report: Simpson Farm,Aug.13, 2015

Today 9 birders went to the Farm and found 22 species of birds. Highlights were a Red-tailed Hawk, a Coopers Hawk and a Merlin that were working the far fields where the farmer was harvesting. Additional highlights were a very cooperative Black-headed Grosbeak that gave everyone excellent views and an overflight of about 500 Canada Geese!

Female Black-headed Grosbeak

Juvenile Male Black-headed Grosbeak

Canada Goose
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Turkey Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Long-billed Dowitcher
Belted Kingfisher
Merlin
Common Raven
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak

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Bird Outing Report: Oyster Bay, Aug. 6, 2015

This morning at Oyster Bay it was sunny and calm. The highlights for the morning were 2 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Long-billed Dowitchers, and a mix of approximately 250 Least and Western Sandpipers. Nine birders saw the following 27 species:

Pacific Loon
Least Sandpiper
Common Loon
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-necked Grebe
California Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Glaucous-winged Gull
Pelagic Cormorant
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron
Purple Martin
Turkey Vulture
Barn Swallow
Black-bellied Plover
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Killdeer
Northwestern Crow
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Raven
Greater Yellowlegs
European Starling
Lesser Yellowlegs
House Finch
Spotted Sandpiper
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Sanderling

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