Nine birders (Anne, Terry, Rick & Marg, Lorna, Bill & Mary M, Hans-Ulf and me) braved the cold this morning on an outing to Point Roberts, USA. Don & Rochelle showed up at Petra’s to wish us all a Merry Christmas. First stop was Lighthouse Park where a flock (50+) of Sanderling was feeding along the shore. At least one Dunlin was among them. A pair of Red-necked Grebes was close to shore, and then we saw two other Grebe species, lots of Horned and a few of the less common Eared. Interestingly, no Western Grebes seen.
A flock of Black Turnstones (20+) flew by and landed on the old jetty next to some resting Sanderling. As we scanned the wavy bay more closely, through the biting wind, we saw lots of stuff, many in beautiful breeding plumage, including: Harlequin Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Loons, Brant Geese (200+), three Cormorant species (Double-crested, Pelagic and Brandt’s) and Mew Gulls. Some had fleeting glimpses of Long-tailed Ducks in the distance, but I did not see any Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets or Marbled Murrelets which are often at the Point.
On the way to the Marina, now that we are civilized birders, we stopped for “morning tea” along the road. We wolfed down our goodies and took off quickly, because it was too cold to sit around for long. Besides, Hans was talking too much. At the Marina, a lone adult Bald Eagle was on the rocks (like I like my 15 year old Eldorado Rum), and then Anne spotted a neat juvenile Northern Shrike nearby, posing for us. We moved on to Lily Point Park where a few brilliant Golden-crowned Kinglets met us at the entrance. The woods were pretty quiet (Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee) but at the lookout we were treated to a flock of Scoters below featuring all three species together; Surf, White-winged and the less common Black. Five Baldies circled above and many diving ducks were in the distance. We bought gas and milk and returned to the Border and back to Petra’s around 1:00 p.m. Another very enjoyable outing.
Check out photos of today’s outing at Rick’s and Terry’s (with his new camera) Picasa sites.
Terry’s photos are available at http://picasaweb.google.com/terrancecarr/
Rick’s shots at http://picasaweb.google.com/crossfyre/
The sites are user-friendly and worth clicking on. Next Monday, December 27 is the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). If interested in participating in the Tsawwassen area, Anne’s group meets at the Tsa Community Centre on 56th Street, leaving at 8:00 a.m.
Next DNCB outing will be Monday, Jan. 3 leaving Petra’s at 8:30 a.m. Again, comments are welcome and please let me know if you want off my often boring Report list.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011, full of love, luck and Good Birding.