Nine participants (Rick & Marg, Roger & Rose, Lorna, Mike, Donna, Marian and me) enjoyed a luxurious, sunny Wednesday morning of birding at the colourful Queen Elizabeth Park. Hi-lites were Anna’s Hummingbird, Western Tanager, Western Wood-Pewee, Olive-sided Flycatcher, several Warbler species and some almost-stimulating conversation. Check out photos of these and other birds, the gorgeous flower beds and the obligatory Group Photo by Rick and Roger on our Picasa site at http://picasaweb.google.com/dncbirding.
We left Petra’s at 8:00 a.m. and conquered the morning traffic in too many vehicles (4), almost losing Marian, unable to use the HOV lane. QE Park, aka Little Mountain, was a beautiful sight with its meticulously manicured flower beds, most in Spring bloom. We followed Roger’s loop, twice, around the hill, stopping sporadically to spot birds that Rose found for us. A Golden-crowned Sparrow was first, followed by a singing White-crowned Sparrow. Once we got by the noise of the workers, Warblers and Kinglets were heard, and we saw several Wilson’s, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped. A Western Wood-Pewee and an Olive-sided Flycatcher were two neat flycatcher species that gave us good looks. Then a brilliant Western Tanager made us candy birders happy. An unusual sighting of a Savannah Sparrow in a tree confused us for a bit. A few saw a Warbling Vireo, but it got added to my long list of “Birds Missed”. Rick had a “moment” as he got some good shots of a Northern Flicker, and we were all enthralled by an Anna’s Hummingbird that posed for us, occasionally turning to flash his iridescent red neck. Lorna occasionally woke us from the serenity of the park with her Bird Alert calls on sighting the elusive American Robin, but her contagious happiness and the peanut butter sandwich are outing requirements. A few Mallard ducklings were in the pond, casually swimming by several Red Slider Turtles, sunning on the rocks. We conned a nice Polish tourist to take our Group Photo, one with the Bloedel Conservatory in the background. I was disappointed (i.e. pissed) that they ran out of Fudgeicles in the Conservatory, but the popsicle was quite refreshing. We saw a flock of Bushtits as we wended our way back down the hill to our vehicles, leaving at about 1:00 p.m. Another awesome morning of Casual Birding, with the occasional snippet of interesting chatter.
I will be at Petra’s around 7:00 a.m. next Wednesday, May 25 for departure at 7:30 a.m. (NOTE EARLIER TIME) on a morning outing somewhere nearby “around the Bay”. We have a meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the BCN Fall General Meeting at 1:00 p.m. Sorry about the late Report: I have been golfing, watching the Canucks, attending “The Foursome” at the Sidekick Theatre, and tending to Sandra’s To Do list for hosting our Riverwood’s Champagne Brunch on Sunday.
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society