DNCB Outing No. 2018-07 to Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Spit

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

With a beautiful, but cold morning, 11 eager birders arrived at the meeting site at the entrance to Drayton Harbor in Blaine, USA, after an easy border crossing.  We won’t mention Jean’s tardiness.  For Tom’s benefit (our absent leader) we mention those present being Mikes One and Two, Rogers One and Two, Terry, Glen, Jack, Brian, Jean, Marion and newbie Angela.  Photos will be found on our Flickr site:  www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2018-07 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

At the base of the spit we scanned the bay, where we found large numbers of Pintail, Mallards, and a large flock of Dunlin, with many more flying in followed by a hunting Merlin which perched on top of a tree for us all to get a good look.  Farther out in the bay we could see an enormous number of loons, several Black Brant, more large flocks of Scoters, gulls, etc.

From the pier at the end of the jetty, looking at hundreds of loons, we were able to put names to Pacific, Common and a few Red-throated.  The Scoters were mainly Surf and White-winged.  There were Common Goldeneye and Bufflehead.  Some of us saw a Long-tailed Duck fly by, and there were several Horned and Red-necked Grebes spotted along the way.  Jean having arrived, we found a civilian willing to take our group photo to prove to Tom that we had actually done an outing.


11 DNCB at Drayton Harbor – photo by Terry Carr

Moving on, we walked out between the boats in the marina where we had Common Goldeneye and a small group of beautiful Barrow’s Goldeneye.  A female Common Merganser, and a small number of Red-breasted ones were sighted, but no sign of the Belted Kingfisher which we had expected  to find.

Leaving the jetty, we headed for the Semiahmoo Spit, taking a brief stop at the end of the bay, where we found Lesser Yellowlegs (2), large numbers of Dunlin, more Pintail, some Bufflehead, and small numbers of Green-winged Teal (much greater numbers later on our return trip).  Moving on, we reached the parking lot at the base of the spit by the museum.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to replicate our December sightings of Common Redpolls.

Looking out from the western shoreline, we could see more of the same species, but we also identified a single Black Scoter.  Looking south, there was a mirage-like vision of Black Brant and other birds looking like they were suspended in air… a trick of the light (hopefully our photographers will have evidence for our readers to see).  On the shore south of us there was no sign of any Roseate Spoonbills!

Crossing the road for a look along the east side of the spit, and then moving north along the shore, we found: a good look at a Red-throated Loon, Black Oystercatchers (2), Sanderling, Killdeer (2), Harlequin, Cormorants, and at least 25 Harbour Seals on the  marina floats.  We had seen in most of the locations, several Scaup, all of which appeared to be Lesser?  There were lots of gulls here, and over each of the areas, but the only identifications we made were for mostly Glaucous-winged, Mew, and Herring.  A Northern Flicker was sighted atop a tree along the way, and several Hummingbirds (probably Anna’s).

The real excitement began at the end of the spit looking back towards the Blaine side pier.  We started to pick up more Long-tailed Ducks, one flock contained seven.  We were able to sort out the loons, most of which were Pacific, many Common, and several Red-throated.  There were pockets that must have been rich with fish, as the group of Harbour Seals were very active in a confined area, and were surrounded by the loons eager to share the find.  Also, we had a good look at a group of 7 Black Scoters (Marion and Jean report seeing a group of 13 after their lunch… more than we’ve ever seen in one group before!)

The highlights of the day include the enormous numbers of loons, and the fact that, being close together, we were able to compare and contrast, enabling us to firm up our identification skills of the three species!  The sighting of the large number of Black Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks was exciting as well.  I also discovered that two of our members shared this day as their birthday (hint: their names are Mike One and Marion…)  Happy Birthday, you two!

Some members finished the day with lunch at the resort, while others of us headed for home to answer the call of various duties.

Next week our delinquent leader will have returned and will offer a more literate and interesting blog for every one’s reading pleasure.  Our outing on Tuesday Feb. 20th will be to Victoria. We will meet on the 7am ferry as foot passengers, and return on the 5pm ferry.  More details on the 2018 DNCB Outings page.

Roger One

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DNCB Outing No. 2018-06 to Iona Regional Park

Tom is in Ontario – here is his abbreviated account of the Iona Outing

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

Big group, 20 in total.  The participants on this morning’s outing were: Art, Glen, Jim K, Ladner Jack, Van City Lidia, Mike B, Mike 2B, Marion S, Jean G, Pat & Maureen, Jonathan, Angela A, Roger 2, Langley Bob, Colin, Debbi H, Terry, Richmond Brian and me, Tom.


DNCB at Iona – photo by Terry Carr

Photos on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2018-06 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

Sightings today included: Western Meadowlarks, both Common and Red-throated
Loons, feeding Hooded Merganser, lots of Scaup (mostly Lesser) and Ring-necked Ducks, Ruby-crowned Kinglet called in.  Marion had a Northern Shrike at the entrance to Iona, Marsh Wrens, lots of Snow Geese, and some Trumpeter Swans, Northern Flickers, American Coots.

Other common stuff in sewage ponds included Northern Pintail, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Gadwalls, Mallards and American Wigeon.  Plus Sparrows (Song, Fox,
Golden-crowned), Towhees, House Finches, Northern Harriers, Double-crested
Cormorant and Great Blue Heron on posts.  Red-tailed Hawk along airport road.
Several Bufflehead, and Colin tried to get a Common Goldeneye.  Entertaining
Bald Eagles.  Gull species.

No Canvasbacks, Tufted Ducks, Wilson’s Snipe, Warblers.

We had 14 or 15 at the Flying Beaver for lunch.

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My Beef Dip was fine, and the two Red Truck IPA pints were okay, but I prefer crappy lager.

Next Tuesday Feb. 13 DNCB goes to Blaine; leave Petra’s at 7:30, carpool from the Peace Arch Park parking lot (behind the border Duty Free) at 8, meet at Blaine Marine Park around 8:15 am.

Enjoy Laura Stewart’s Saskatchewan Birds tonight Tues. 6 Feb.  The DNS monthly meeting starts at 7:30 pm at Benediction Lutheran Church.

I’ll see you on the Victoria Ferry outing on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  See Victoria Itinerary on the 2018 DNCB Outings page.  Cheers: Tom

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DNCB Outing No. 2018-05 to Point Roberts, USA

Eighteen DNCBers finally enjoyed a sunny Tuesday outing at Lighthouse Marine Park, the Marina, Maple Beach, and Lily Point Park in Point Roberts.  Check out some brilliant photo evidence on our Flickr site at: https://www.flickr.com/search/?group_id=3027315%40N23&text=2018-05&view_all=1.

A convoy of too many vehicles (for cheap gas) left Petra’s shortly after 7:30 am and passed through the Border quickly.  Sixteen of us met at the Lighthouse Marine Park parking lot around 8:15 am and it was very windy and cool.  Our Pt. Roberts “guru”, Paul Ferry was there with his horde of Local Walkers.  The tide was high and the waves obscured vision to any birds that were out there.  We did see a few Harlequin Ducks, Bufflehead and both Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants close to shore.  We decided to walk to the “lighthouse” where we “always” see lots of birds.  Not so.  A few Sanderling whizzed by.  We got glimpses of Surf Scoters, Common Goldeneye, Common Loons, Horned Grebes and Red-breasted Mergansers, and Harbour Seals.  Anne M, who slept in and missed our outing, saw Western Grebes there after we left.  A dog-walker took our Group Photo on Roger’s camera (16 without time-challenged Jim K & Margaretha).

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DNCB at Lighthouse Marine Park

We walked further along the beach trail, then turned inland and returned via the treed park path.  It wasn’t any better as the wind was strong.  Some saw Sparrows (White-crowned), Anna’s Hummingbird and other common stuff, but no warblers, wrens or kinglets.  We noted that they have cleared a lot of the bushes and were re-building the wood deck and buildings.  Hopefully open for the Summer.  By now, some DNCBers were frustrated, so we convoyed off to the Marina.

Most of us as instructed, stopped at the north side parking lot of the Marina.  Finally some productive and pleasant up-close-and-personal birding.  Between the yachts we saw both Horned and Pied-billed Grebes, both Common and at least one Barrow’s Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Surf Scoters, Red-breasted Mergansers, and a Belted Kingfisher posing for us.  Brilliant House Finches, and even some colourful European Starlings, shone in the trees beside us.

We saw the resident Red-tailed Hawk as we drove to the south side of the Marina.  Still windy so nothing striking in the bay, but a small flock of Scaup in the channel was new.  Now about 10:00 am, we convoyed again to Lily Point Park, although we lost a few participants who were either gloveless and cold, or hungry, or wanted gas, or were simply lost.  Anyhow, the ten remaining scoped from the Lookout and saw a Red-throated Loon, Common Murres (Terry photographed them here and at Lighthouse Park), three Scoter species (Surf, White-winged and Black), plus more of the previously-seen species.  It was sunny, warm and less windy here, so we decided to return to Lighthouse Park.  Not a productive decision as it was still very wavy with few birds there.  So we decided to check out Maple Beach.

Down to five participants, a flotilla of Scoters relatively close to shore was entertaining.  Roger and I finally found the Black Scoter among the 100+ birds, plus several White-winged too among the mostly Surf Scoters.  A Black Oystercatcher on shore ended our outing before we crossed the busy Border and arrived at a timely 11:55 am for lunch at the Rose & Crown Pub in Tsawwassen.

Interestingly, some of our “lost” participants were already there; one wonders whether the DNCB attraction is birds or lunch.  Anyhow, Leila and Shelley looked after the ten of us well, including a “founding DNCBer”, PB Lorna, who dropped in to say hi.  The Special of Soup & Sandwich (I forget what it was) was popular and delicious, of course washed down with two tasty pints of Canadian.  Following the chatfest, Richmond Brian drove me to the Land Rover dealer in Richmond to pick up my Range Rover with its new $1500 Alternator (say no more).  Notwithstanding my last stop, it was another glorious DNCB outing.

The 18 were: SLB Syd, Mike 2B, Jim K, Photogs Glen B & Ladner Jack, Pat S (without sister Maureen but thankfully fairly mobile following surgery from a DNCB Squamish fall), part-timers Ansa & Claudio, relative newbie Ursula S, North Delta Liz, Point Roberts Paul, Van City Lidia, Richmond Brian, Margaretha, Roger M, Mike B, Terry and me.

Next Tuesday, February 6, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for Iona Regional Park.  Note Destination schedule change.  We should be at the Park washroom parking lot at 8:15 am.

Also, our monthly DNS meeting is next Tuesday, February 6 with DNS member and UBC student, Laura Stewart, presenting on her birding adventures in Saskatchewan.  Join us at 7:30 pm at the Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen (free admission).

For more info on outings and our meetings, check out our website.  As always, your comments are welcome, and let me know if this inane drivel annoys you and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society   

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DNCB Outing No. 2018-04 to Iona Regional Park

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

A dozen hopeful DNCBers spent the shortest DNCB outing ever at Iona on Tuesday/yesterday.  It was windy and pouring rain; check out Ladner Jack’s and David H’s photos on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2018-04 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

I drove to Iona, arriving at 8:05 am, the sole person there, and there were no birds in the bay or in the air, very eerie (Tsunami-like premonition).  It was windy, cold and blowing rain.  But I had my new Christmas rubber shoes, insulated socks, wet suit and was ready, I thought.  Marion & Marti arrived and immediately said they were going home.  Johnny Mac was dazed and went to recover in the washroom.  The two Petra’s carloads of Mike B with Terry & newbie Mike 2B and David & Noreen with Glen & Ladner Jack arrived about 8:15 with wry smiles or snarls on their faces.  The common thread was: “What the hell are we doing here on a day like this?”  After more inane chatter, I suggested we should just go to the Flying Beaver for breakfast.  There was an eruption of joy.


DNCB at Iona Regional Park – missing Glen & Brian A (photo by Glen Bodie)

Before leaving, Glen took the obligatory Group Photo under cover of the washroom building, without Richmond Brian who arrived shortly after.  I walked to the beach and saw a huge flock of Snow Geese huddled together on shore.  Ladner Jack took photos.


There were also some Mallards, Wigeons and Great Blue Herons hunkered down in the bushes.  Still, no birds on the water or in the air, other than a couple of Glaucous-winged Gulls.  It was miserable.

On driving out, the wind died down a bit.  We saw Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead and a couple of Gadwall slowly leaving shelter on shore into the weedy water.  The tide was very high.  Several saw the “tagged” Rough-legged Hawk, a Red-tail and Northern Harrier either on the way in or out.

We got to the Flying Beaver before it opened at 9:00 am.  Liz and Tina were very accommodating to serve us early coffee as we warmed up.  My breakfast of Steak & Eggs was awesome (too early for beer, although I thought about it).


DNCB at Flying Beaver (photo by David Hoar)

The chatfest was fun as I got to share some “interesting” experiences about my holiday in Cuba last week.  Wimp Roger, who bailed on us, in his absence was complimented on last week’s Serpentine Fen outing Report.  Sandra was surprised to see me at home by 10:00 am.  It may have been the shortest DNCB outing, but still a tonne of fun with some really nice civilized folk.

Next Tuesday, January 30, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for an outing in Point Roberts, USA.  We will meet at the Marine Lighthouse Park parking lot around 8:00 am.

For more info, reports and photos, check out our website.  As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if this drivel annoys you and you want off my e-mail list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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DNCB 2018-03 Serpentine Fen/104th Dyke

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

It was a dark and dreary looking morning with a sprinkling of rain, a day when normal people would have stayed in bed… but not hardy birders!  Six of us (hardy birders) met at Petra’s, and, assuming we would be the only ones, were amazed to find ten others waiting for us at the Fen parking lot!  It was nice to see White Rock Al and Alice, having not seen either for quite a while.  Al would have to leave us for an exercise class, and Alice was recovering from a leg injury, which would explain their absence from the group photo.  Glen arrived near the end of the Serpentine part of the trip.


DNCB (minus Al, Alice & Glen) at Serpentine Fen – photo by David Hoar

As we would usually do, an examination of the barn produced no Barn Owl… disappointing, as not having Tom with us to scare it away, we thought our chances were pretty good.  Tom, by the way, was luxuriating in the sun on a Cuban beach, beer in hand while we watched an approaching very dark rain cloud!  Somewhat obscured in a tree was a shape that we eventually determined to be a Red-tailed Hawk.  Walking down the road to the beginning of the loop trail we saw the usual lbjs* (see below), Song Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, Golden, and White-crowned Sparrows.

Arriving at the trail beginning, we decided to follow tradition and proceeded counter-clockwise and climbed to the top of the first viewing tower.  From the top we scanned the ponds and found lots of Mallards, Pintail, American Wigeon, some Buffleheads, and a few Gadwall.  Coming out of the trail to the first open grassy area, David took our group photo.  I’m (Roger1) not allowed to take group photos anymore due to the disaster at the White Rock Pier last week.  Personally I thought the blurry effect gave it an Impressionistic look!

Up on the dyke along the Serpentine River we had only a few species on the water.  In the distance we had a flock of what were, as I identified, Common Mergansers (later turned out to be Barrow’s Goldeneyes… anyone could make that mistake).  Several Double-crested Cormorants, a female Common Merganser, and a Harbour Seal were seen fishing as well.  A single Downy Woodpecker flew into a tree behind dyke.  Only a few of us climbed the viewing tower along the dyke, but nothing new was to be seen.

About this time a heavy rain started to fall, and we picked up the pace, stopping only at the last tower, mainly for shelter.  However, from the top, our newbie Colin spotted a Eurasian Wigeon and a Hooded Merganser.

The rain having abated, we walked fairly quickly back to the cars.  Surprisingly, several very hardy individuals reminded me of my “guarantee” to provide a look at a Long-eared Owl at 104th… so off most of us went!

We met at the parking lot of the Delta Air Park at the foot of 104th (Embree Road).  Once up on the dyke I expected to look east to where the usual photographers would have found the owls for us… no one was there!  Also, the darkest clouds one could imagine were approaching from the west, and you could see the rain falling.  We walked to the end of the air park property, took the correct number of steps from there, and looked in the trees across the canal.  Where the owls were sitting in the open yesterday, in the sun, there were none visible!  It took some effort in order to find one male Long-eared Owl hidden behind several branches, and with the heavy rain starting to fall, but everyone, to my relief, managed a look.  I’m including my photographs from the day before so they can see the complete bird.

Back at the parking lot, with everyone soaking wet, no one seemed interested in going for lunch (it was only 11:30) so we called it a day!

*lbj” refers to “little brown jobs”, those little birds fleeting through the undergrowth that make you waste time trying to get a look at them, only to find they are only lbjs, and not some rarity – but you have to look, just in case!

Next week, Tue. Jan 23, we will be at Iona Regional Park; leave Petra’s @ 7:30 am, meet at parking lot near washrooms around 8:15 am.

Report by Roger Meyer (for absent Tom Bearss, who is in Cuba!)

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DNCB 2018-02 to White Rock Pier & Blackie Spit

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DNCB at White Rock Pier – missing Liz, Gareth, Ken & Anne

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site


Marbled Godwit & Long-billed Curlew – photo by Rena Shao

Next week’s Outing is to Serpentine Fen in Surrey.  Leave Petra’s at 7:30 am, meet at 44th Ave Parking lot (behind Art Knapp’s) around 8 am.

Tom is in Cuba…

Directions for Tuesday’s Outing from Roger:
1. Meeting as usual at Petra’s for a 7:30 departure.
2. Meeting at Serpentine Fen at approximately 8:00
You need to come off of King George Boulevard, turning west on 44th Avenue (a dead end road).
If you are on Hwy 99, exit on the cloverleaf you would take to Crescent Beach, but instead head north onto King George.
44th Avenue cuts off of the King George just north of Art Knapp’s Nursery.
We’ll get together at the first parking lot on the left.  (there is a barn directly across from the parking lot entrance.  See map Serpentine Fen.

After Serpentine Fen, we will go to the dike at 104th Street – looking for Long-eared Owls.

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DNCB Outing No. 2018-01 to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal & Reifel Bird Sanctuary

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

About 19 DNCBers enjoyed a pleasant and productive Tuesday morning travelling to and from, and at Reifel Bird Sanctuary.  Check out the brilliant photo evidence of our first 2018 outing on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2018-01 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

We (12) car-pooled nicely from Petra’s at 7:30 am to our first stop along the causeway to the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal.  There was a glorious sunrise over English Bluff that photographed beautifully.


Sunrise over Tsawwassen, by Jim K

And the Bay had thousands of ducks on both sides of the highway.  Mostly American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Common Loons, Northern Shoveler, Horned Grebes on the DeltaPort side, and “Divers” on the Tsatsu Shore side such as Surf and White-winged Scoters and Common Goldeneye.  Lots of Cormorants too, Double-crested and Pelagic; we tried to make a Pelagic into a Brandt.  I couldn’t find a Black Scoter, and we didn’t see any little northern birds like Snow Buntings or Horned Larks.  Black Oystercatchers were on both sides, and a few Harlequins were near the terminal.  The tide was high so we only saw a few small flocks of Dunlin fly by.

We left the Terminal and drove through the TFN land.  No Belted Kingfisher at the Kingfisher Bridge, but a Red-Tailed Hawk was on a telephone wire, and a pair of Bald Eagles on the hydro tower looking at the empty Heron colony.  Several Northern Harriers over the marshes, and a cock Ring-necked Pheasant was along the road.  The TFN have done some nice work on the marsh protecting and improving the habitat yet making it sort of accessible to us birders.  Some also saw a Merlin and a Rough-legged Hawk on the drive through the TFN and Ladner fields.  We drove right by a guy looking at Robins at 34th & 33rd.

We got to Reifel around 9:20 am where a Sharp-shinned Hawk landed in a tree above the parking lot.  Aussie Nance, and later Laura S, and the “ghosts” Ken & Anne were there too.  David took our Group Photo, without time-challenged Margaretha and her lively granddaughter Teala, at the Snow Goose sign with Reifel’s Dan front and centre.  Dan sadly recounted the story of the juvenile orphan Sandhill Crane brought from Vancouver Island that did not survive after two weeks with the local cranes; found frozen to death.

Reifel is our DNCB Mecca where we come to see birds up-close-and personal.  It did not disappoint on Tuesday.  Wood Ducks were in brilliant plumage.  Lots of Ring-necked Ducks and American Coots too along with all the “regular” species.  The trails were filled with little birds; Sparrows (Song, Fox, Golden- and White-crowned), Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Juncos.  Some saw Golden-crowned Kinglets, but no warbler species this day. Four Black-crowned Night Herons were roosting in their spots.  The elderly youngsters enjoyed hand-feeding the Chickadees, Red-winged Blackbirds and Sandhill Cranes.  We were blanked on Saw-whet Owls, Virginia Rails (heard) and Wilson’s Snipe (seen by Dan).

At the Tower, lots of Trumpeter Swans were in the Bay.  A flock of Snow Geese flew over, but it seems that most of the Westham Island flock have moved to Skagit Valley in Washington as they normally do for a month or two at this time of year.  There wasn’t much open water in Reifel (mostly frozen), so we didn’t see any Dowitchers, Plovers or Yellowlegs.  Several Northern Flickers and Downy Woodpeckers made appearances.  Anna’s Hummingbirds were at the Reifel feeders.  Approaching 11:00 am we decided to go next door to Alaksen CWS Pacific Region offices to check on the Barred Owls.

A photogenic Barred Owl was posing in the driveway Cedars, just as Margaretha had directed to us.  Terry saw a Brown Creeper too, but we couldn’t re-locate it.  At 11:30 am, following negotiations, we decided to go to Speed’s Pub in Ladner.  That did not disappoint either.  The unusual, to me, Wild Coho Salmon Fish & Chips was delicious, along with two pints of Canadian.  But the outing did not end here!

On the drive back to Tsawwassen, we decided to stop at 33A Ave and 34th St where we earlier saw the guy and the Robins.  White Rock Carlo was there, and we almost immediately spotted the Bohemian Waxwing for him.  That was our Bird of the Day!  We also stopped near the new TFN warehouses being built to check out several Buteos.  One close-up and posing one was a Rough-legged Hawk that Chris and Jim got good shots of.  Another splendid DNCB outing!

The 19, some we never saw, were: Terry C, Glen B, David & Noreen, Margaretha & Teala, Richmond Brian A, Ladner Jack, Johnny Mac, Jim K, Chris McV, Aussie Nance, Rogers 1 and 2, Mike B, the “ghosts” Ken & Anne, Liz’s Clone Laura S and me, plus Reifel Dan makes 20.

Next Tuesday, January 9, we will go to White Rock pier, then Blackie Spit Park.  We expect to meet others at the White Rock Pier (free) parking lot around 8:15 am.

As always, your comments are encouraged, check out our website for more info, reports and photos and, please let me know if these weekly rambling and uninteresting reports annoy you and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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