About 20 participants, including Nat members, newbies and visitors from the UK, Richmond, West Vancouver, New Westminster and even Boundary Bay, enjoyed a rushed but productive 2 ½ hour walk this morning around Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen. Hi-lites were: the large numbers of newly-arrived waterfowl in the Bay, a few Shorebirds and a few Passerines (Songbirds), a posing Peregrine Falcon, and most importantly, the delicious home-made pastries at Cammidge House following the walk. Terry and others took photos which I hope will be posted shortly on our DNCB Picasa site at http://picasaweb.google.com/dncbirding.
Following introductions, we left historic Cammidge House shortly after 9:00 a.m. toward Centennial Beach. It was cloudy, but dry and quite comfortable. We rustled a small flock of Green-winged Teal resting in the ditch along the road, and Anne identified a couple of Lincoln Sparrows in the reeds. In the pond beside the old concession stand (concrete was being poured this morning for the new concession stand), Mallards, Gadwall and a couple of American Wigeon were lounging. The tide was going out, and from the beach we were surprised to see the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of newly-arrived ducks relatively close to shore, but needing a scope for easy identification. We saw lots of Teal among the mostly Mallards and Wigeons, a few Scoters further out, a couple of Common Loons and Northern Pintail. An “up-and-down” Horned Grebe closer to shore gave us a bit of excitement. We only saw a few small flocks of Shorebirds fly by, and further along, Killdeer, and a few Western and Least Sandpipers were feeding close to shore.
I expected to see more Shorebirds (e.g. more Peeps, Dowitchers, Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plovers, Godwits-3 species seen yesterday at 104th); I suppose they were on the other side of the Bay at 104th and 112th Streets. Lots of Savannah Sparrows still here, and both White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows were on the path. Derek saw a flock of American Pipits earlier in the morning, and he also saw another Warbler, perhaps Wilson’s. Barn Swallows were hawking insects and several Northern Harriers gave us nice fly-bys. A large flock (~20) of Cedar Waxwings, many juveniles, posed in a tree for us. We had fleeting looks at several Warblers in the bushes and Anne identified Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned and Yellow. A Peregrine Falcon perched in a dead tree gave us nice photo ops. A nearby Northern Flicker was a bit upset.
It was approaching 11:30 a.m. so we rushed back to Cammidge House where the Delta Nats ladies had prepared for us a delectable feast of home-made scones and cookies, my favourite old Balderson cheese, and fruits and drinks. Following Ken’s battle with his camera, he and Roger took the obligatory Group Photo on the steps. Shortly past noon, we dispersed having enjoyed a delicious feed, a pleasant walk, met some nice folk, saw a few birds, and partook in some almost-stimulating conversation. An awesome morning.
Roger and I will be at Petra’s next Monday, September 19 (*Note change from Wednesday to Monday; I play hockey now on Wednesdays) for departure at 7:30 a.m. on a Delta Nats Casual Birding outing “somewhere around the Bay”. Again, comments welcome, check out our Blog for earlier outing reports and photos at https://dncb.wordpress.com/, and let me know if you don’t want to receive these literary gems.
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society