Brunswick Point ~ Casual Birding #75

Red-tailed Hawk by Terry Carr

Ten birders enjoyed a dry and mild morning outing to Brunswick Point and then to 112th Street and Highway #10. We learned from Kay at Petra’s that she saw and photographed a Long-eared Owl at Brunswick Point on both Saturday and Sunday. So we drove (3 cars with Don & Rochelle, Terry, John & Kay, Roger, Hans-Ulf, Joanne and first-timer Lorna) leisurely through the Tsawwassen First Nations Reserve and farmers’ fields to Brunswick Point. First stop was the Kingfisher Bridge and the Belted male was posted on his regular branch. The pair of Baldies that were “doing it” last week were on the same branch but resting quietly this morning. It was a Northern Flicker morning as we saw one at the KF Bridge and at least a dozen at various other spots throught the morning. We stopped at 28th and 41B and scanned. Red-tailed Hawks were on towers and several Northern Harriers were gliding around. White-crowned Sparrows were in the bushes. We stopped at Deltaport Way and searched in vain for the Gyr Falcon. It may have been on a faraway tower, but we could not confirm identification. Interestingly, two Great Blue Herons in a field in front of us performed a courtship dancing ritual, spreading their wings for each other (see photo). Next stop was at the Fraser River near Canoe Pass. A few Common Goldeneye were close to shore. Bufflehead and Common Mergansers were there too. While scanning the Trumpeter Swans in a field across the river, we were entertained by several huge swarms of Dunlin sweeping over the fields and out toward the sea; many thousands of birds. We parked at Brunswick Point and walked the dike to the grove of trees at the bend. About 30 Double-crested Cormorants (see photo) were sitting on the posts where Black-bellied Plovers are often sitting.

Double-crested Cormorants at Brunswick Point by Terry Carr

John & Kay found a Barn Owl (see photo) in the grove, but we were blanked on our search for the Long-eared Owl. A Red-tailed Hawk gave Terry a nice pose in flight (see photo at top of post). We drove to 112th Street, stopping for the mandatory pit stop at McDonalds in Ladner.

Barn Owl

At 112th, the Golden Eagle was not on his regular pole next to the chicken farm. But the Trumpeter Swans were there and Terry got shots of the Blue Banded one and the one with the transmitter on its neck. A couple of other photographers we met advised us that the Golden had left its perch and flew to a tree nearer to the Bay. We found him in the scope, but pretty far away. So I have attached Mike Tabak’s photo that he took with me last Friday, January 29. We returned to Petra’s at 12:35 p.m. having covered a lot of territory and enjoyed a fun morning.

Great Blue Heron

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DNS: Delta Naturalists are a group of nature lovers whose aim is to foster interest in the natural history of the Fraser delta by sharing and enjoying nature and promoting environmental awareness and conservation. DNCB: Delta Nats Casual Birders is a group of Casual Birders who go Birding at different locations each week, usually within the Lower Mainland or in nearby Washington State.
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