Six intrepid birders (John, Kay, Lorna, Hans, Terry and Roger) met at Petras on a dull and unpromising day to decide on our trip destination. One suggestion was to bird from our comfortable seats inside the coffee shop, but drill sergeant Lorna spurred us into action.
After passing through the tunnel, we went south on Number 5 road in Richmond to the Dyke Road along the Fraser River. Stops along the way brought us views of juvenile Double-crested Cormorants with their gray fronts, lots of American Wigeon (spelled it correctly this time, Terry?), Mallards and a very sad looking Peregrine Falcon. Of course Kay sighted it! In the brush along the roadside we saw a few Fox Sparrows and a possible Bewick’s Wren. Several eagle nests were seen and a few single, and one pair, of American Bald Eagles.
In Finn Slough beside Whitworth Island were a pair of Mute Swans, more Wigeon and Mallards. In the fields along Finn Road we came across flocks of Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds as well as one group of Canada Geese. Also, the odd Red-shafted Flicker, starlings and Golden-crowned Sparrows made appearances. In the area of Steveston Island large numbers of wigeon, mallards and Pintail were seen. A large flock of gulls contained one juvenile, probably Glaucous-winged, with a strange white nape?
At Garry Point, in Steveston, the Scotch mist gave way to a substantial rain and a cold wind. Regardless, we soldiered on to view a flock of Snow Geese in the field, lots of ducks (wigeon, mallards, some Gadwall, Pintail, and a few Green-winged Teal. Also, in the field, were a mixture of gulls, mostly Mew and Ring-billed. Large numbers of Snow Geese were seen at the marsh edge and one Red-winged Hawk on a log. A Pied-billed Grebe was diving in the marsh. The rain become too much for us, except for Lorna, and we decided to head back to Petra’s for a hot drink. Not too bad a day considering the weather and, despite being wet and cold, a good time was enjoyed by all.
Terry’s photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/terrancecarr/