Lorna and I spent another miserable Monday morning birding near the dike around Boundary Bay at 72nd and 64th Streets. The rain pis.ed down and the wind was colder than a witch’s t.t (Excuse my language, but I hope you get my point). Hi-lites were a Peregrine Falcon, pair of Hooded Mergansers and Lorna’s peanut butter sandwich. No photos taken today, but check out our DNCB Picasa site at http://picasaweb.google.com/dncbirding for other reports and photos.
Since it was raining so hard, I thought/hoped no one would show up at Petra’s this morning. I had forgotten that Lorna never misses a birding adventure regardless of the weather. We decided to check out the ponds at “my” golf course on 72nd, Kings Links. On arrival, Neil and Mike thought we were crazy to be out in this tempest. No one was on the course when we walked onto the mound at the 17th green in the middle of the course. The wind felt as cold as it’s been all Winter, and to make things worse, the ducks all flew away as we arrived at the 17th hole pond. We did see several nice pairs of Northern Shovelers, a couple of Bufflehead, Gadwalls, lots of American Wigeon and Mallards. A Northwestern Crow sitting on a nest in one of the few trees on the course was interesting. We also saw a couple of newly arrived Savannah Sparrows. Bald Eagles seemed to be everywhere today. Last year around this time on this course I saw several unusual migrants, including a Redhead, a couple of Black-necked Stilts, etc. but not today.
We went to the dike at 72nd in search of the Short-eared Owls; blanked again. Then we drove to 64th Ave; lots of ducks in the fields, and Baldies feeding on them. Lorna spotted the Peregrine Falcon on a hydro tower beside one of the overpasses being built. Nice sighting. Again, at the dike we saw nothing, and my ass was soaked as I was too proud, lazy or stupid to put on my rain pants. We headed back out 64th and saw a gorgeous pair of Hooded Mergansers in the ditch, up-close-and-personal. While watching them, a Muskrat swam by them and towards us. Another neat sight. Although soaked and freezing, these few nice sightings along with half of Laura’s peanut butter sandwich, made the ride home a bit more pleasant. I think Lorna was disappointed that we didn’t stay out longer, but not me, although it was a surprisingly enjoyable morning.
I will be at Petra’s next Monday, April 11 around 7:30 a.m. for departure at 8:00 a.m. on an outing “somewhere around the Bay”, in always beautiful and sunny B.C. Comments welcome and let me know (again) if you want off my list.
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society