DNCB Outing No. 2011-42 to Point Roberts, USA

Photo by Terry Carr (click on photo to see larger version)

Twelve birders (Terry, Lorna, Mike, Eleanor, Kay, Jonathan & Lorraine, Annie K, late-comer Peggy, Marian, Donna G and newbie Anne) joined me on a beautiful, sunny Monday morning at Lighthouse Point Park and Lily Point Park in Point Roberts, USA.  Hi-lites were: the colourful diving ducks and grebes, the walk through birdless but beautiful Lily Point Park and some almost-interesting chatter among the nine ladies.  Check out Terry’s photos (and hopefully Jonathan’s soon) on our Picasa site at http://picasaweb.google.com/dncbirding.

The tide was high when we arrived at Lighthouse Point Park, and we only had one scope to share among this large group. Fortunately, especially for our photographers, some Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, beautiful Harlequin Ducks in breeding plumage and Surf Scoters were quite close to shore. Further out we saw a few Red-necked and lots of Western Grebes. There were many other “sea birds” out there which looked like Common Murres, Marbled Murrelets and perhaps Pigeon Guillemots, but I’m only guessing from what I have seen there on previous visits and from what others have reported seeing there recently. A flock (25) of Shorebirds flew by in the distance, probably Dunlin, but we did not see any along the shore. Along the walk to the Point, a few Sparrows, White- and Golden-crowned, gave some of us neat looks. Among the Gulls, I am fairly certain I saw two Heermann’s Gulls, as well as several Bonaparte’s. Between Lighthouse Park and the Marina, we stopped at the pond which was full of Scaup (probably Lesser, possibly Greater too), a few American Wigeon, Mallards and at least one Blue-winged Teal (not common here). At the Marina, a Belted Kingfisher welcomed us on a post. A Northern Flicker was also foraging in the rocks as were a number of House Finches. More gorgeous Harlequins near the shore, and a Red-tailed Hawk in a tree near to where they habitually nest.

At the main entrance to Lily Point Park (LPB), we were confronted by an overly-eager Construction Worker who was convinced we were going to sue him, so we retrenched and went to another entrance. LPB is a beautiful park with lots of second growth trees and some spectacular views from the cliff out to the Strait and Bay. It was after 11:00 a.m., not many active birds other than Robins and Spotted Towhees. We saw many unidentifiable birds way out, and we started to walk down the cliff trail to the beach. Considering the time, our age and fitness, we reconsidered and walked back through the woods to our vehicles, ate a few Dad’s cookies, Lorna’s PB sandwich, Eleanor’s granola bars and took off back to Petra’s, most of us filling up with the cheap gas before hitting the Border. It was a very enjoyable morning with several new and old/former returnee folk joining us.

I will be at Petra’s next Monday morning, October 31 (Halloween) for departure at 8:00 a.m. on an outing somewhere “around the Bay”. It will be a “local” outing as I leave the next morning (Nov. 1) for Trinidad & Tobago. Again, comments welcome, check out our DNCB Blog at: https://dncb.wordpress.com/, and please advise if you want off this list.

Tom Bearss
President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

Photos by Terry Carr

Harlequins

Surf Scoter

Horned Grebes

Western Grebes

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DNS: Delta Naturalists are a group of nature lovers whose aim is to foster interest in the natural history of the Fraser delta by sharing and enjoying nature and promoting environmental awareness and conservation. DNCB: Delta Nats Casual Birders is a group of Casual Birders who go Birding at different locations each week, usually within the Lower Mainland or in nearby Washington State.
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