Today I took the opportunity to do a little NMT birding. I did a 17km round trip to Columbia Beach from our home in Parksville. My target birds were Ruddy Turnstone and Surfbird, neither of which I managed to see. There was a good number of shorebirds including; 120 Black-bellied Plover, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 10 Killdeer, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 30 Black Oystercatcher and 150+ Black Turnstone. As I was just about to leave a bird flew over me and landed 200 meters down the beach. It turned out to be a Mountain Bluebird. These birds are annual here in spring and fall but are always a joy to see.