Photos by Terry Carr (TC), Glen Bodie (GB) & Marion Shikaze (MS)
Eighteen DNCBers spent another beautiful Wednesday morning wandering through the woods of Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. Not a lot of birds seen but some gorgeous scenery in a gorgeous setting. Check out the photo evidence on our Picasa site at: https://picasaweb.google.com/113357506005013094897.
Ten of us left Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. Gerhard took Terry, Mike and Hans, Glen took young Julian, and I had Dave M, Jane and PB Lorna. The drive through downtown Vancouver wasn’t too bad (no school traffic yet) and via the scenic Marine Drive through West Vancouver we got to the Park about 8:45 a.m. Among the hordes of Summer Camp Kids in the parking lot were Marion, Jean & Pauline, White Rock Al, Point Bob’s Adam & Kelly, Richmond Bill and visiting Brit Twitcher David T. Following intros, we began our leisurely walk down the Beacon Lane path surrounded by the huge Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees, albeit second growth, some of which started growing in cut down first growth “nurse trees”. We saw a stump with rings indicating that it was over 1000 years old. We heard Red-breasted Nuthatches and saw little birds flitting in the tree tops.
Some saw Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped, Wilson’s and a Black-throated Gray Warblers. We heard a Pileated Woodpecker which some saw. Most saw the regulars like Spotted Towhees, B-C Chickadees, Song and Golden-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Northern Flickers and Cedar Waxwings. Terry got a shot of a Western Tanager. And Julian had fun feeding a native Douglas Squirrel.
We passed the Camp picnic tables and climbed down to the rocky East Beach. The view over Burrard Inlet across to downtown Van and also to UBC (of course Mike mentioned Rec Beach) was stunning. Only Gulls and Cormorants around but nonetheless an idyllic spot.
We climbed back up and went to the Lighthouse viewpoint for our Group Photo. While gathering the wayward masses here, several enjoyed the Hummingbirds flitting about. Then we took the Shore Pine Trail around Atkinson Point to the Howe Sound side. More stunning views to the Islands (Jug, Bowen, etc) each of which Mikey had a story as he reminisced about his misspent youth here back in the 50’s and 60’s. Interestingly, the only waterfowl seen were in Merganser Bay and guess what they were. Right, Mergansers which most identified as Common but I thought were Red-breasted.
Once the two Pt. Bob lost explorers finally found us and rock climber photog David T returned from his adventures, we continued our very pleasant walk up the Shore Pine Trail to Juniper Loop and arrived back at the parking lot around 11:30 a.m.
We were all starving so decided to drive to Troll’s Restaurant at Horseshoe Bay for fish & chips. The drive past the million-dollar homes was nice, but the Granville Island beer with my lunch was superb (not meaning to minimize my appreciation of PB Lorna’s PB & banana sandwich and Jane’s Blueberry muffin). We cased the scenery and Latin musician in the Harbour Park (blanked on the Belted Kingfisher) before taking the leisurely drive home. Again and fortunately, Lorna’s and Jane’s non-stop drivel in the back seat kept me awake at the wheel. Back in Tsawwassen before 3:00 p.m. Another glorious DNCB outing.
Next Wednesday, September 3 is our annual Mt. Baker outing with Terry Carr. We will leave Petra’s at 7:00 a.m. to meet at the Peace Arch Park parking lot behind the Duty-Free Shop at 7:30 a.m. for car-pooling. Full outing details are under DNS Upcoming Events. Note that if inclement weather at Mt. Baker, we will go to Blaine and Semiahmoo instead. As always, comments encouraged and let me know if you want off my List. Happy Labour Day long weekend and Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society