Casual Bird Outing #118 to Beach Grove


Photo by Roger Meyer

Six intrepid birders (Terry, John, Kay, Lorna, Eleanor and Roger) met at Petra’s this morning to decide on the birding site.  The weather was perfect but chilly but warmed up as the day progressed.  We started at the Beach Grove elementary school parking area and roamed the adjacent park where we were rewarded with a roosting Great Horned Owl in the usual tree by the bathrooms.  Other birds seen there included two Brown Creepers, Black-capped Chickadees, a Merlin zipping by, two Bald Eagles, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, two Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Juncos, House Finches, and a Varied Thrush.  John was able to extricate Lorna who had become lodged under a fallen log without sustaining any injuries.  Moving down to the beach we were able to observe large numbers of Wigeon, Pintail, and Mallards as well as many Ring-billed and Mew gulls.

Moving over the Beach Grove Lagoon at the foot of 12th, we added a very dark Fox Sparrow, more Wigeon, Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, a male Hooded Merganser and a group of 8 Lesser Yellowlegs.  Off shore were many Black Brant and enormous numbers of ducks, mainly Pintail, and Wigeon.  Among the Wigeon we saw at least three Eurasions in a small area which lead us to belive that there were probably many more in the large group of American ones.  Lots of Canada Geese were seen offshore as well.  A solitary Northern Harrier was flying over the fields and a single juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was seen sitting in a tree.  On the way back through the fields we saw a Northern Flicker duck into a small hole in a dead birch tree where it stayed for the five minutes we spent waiting for it to emerge.  Several Great Blue Herons were spotted about the fields, most sitting in trees.  Eagle-eye Kay spotted a Northern Shrike in a distant tree.  Several Spotted Towhees and  Song Sparrows were also seen in various locations, not to mention the usual crows, robins and starlings. In the distance, over the bay, and we thought might be around Cloverdale, we saw a large plume of smoke rising which turned out to be a lumber yard in that area.  We were finished by 11:30 am after a very successful morning of birding but missed our intrepid leaders Tom and Anne who are probably seeing more exotic species south of the equator.

Photos by Terry Carr. More photos at

Great Horned Owl

Pintail, Mallards and Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser


Northern Flicker

Flicker entering nest hole

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1 Response to Casual Bird Outing #118 to Beach Grove

  1. Tom Bearss says:

    Nov. 9/10. Awesome reports, Roger. The weather is gorgeous here in Western Australia, and Sandra and I are having a ball. I have only golfed once so far, been to a Cricket match (England vs. WA), partyed lots with friends and relatives, and been on a couple of birding outings. Went on a Hooded Plover (endangered species) count with a WA Bird Guru last week at some salt lakes in Yalgorup Park; saw lots of neat other stuff too including: Emus, Sacred and Glossy Ibis, Black Swans with Cynglets, Red-necked Avocets, many Honeycreeper species, Bar-tailed Godwit and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpipers, etc. We are staying at Sandra’s sister’s place in Madora Bay overlooking the Indian Ocean. I feed the Ring-necked Parrots (aka 28’s), Magpie-larks, Grey Butcherbirds and Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes. Stunning Splendid Wrens are living in the brush on the dunes between us and the beach. Yesterday while walking on the beach a school of Herring attracted a bunch of birds including, Crested Terns, White Pelicans, Silver Gulls (very common), Black, Pied and Little Pied Cormorants and an unusual flock (40) of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, which I since learned nest on Rottnest Island. I’m going for a beer now. Glad you said you miss me, even if you don’t. Cheers: Tom

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