More than 20 participants enjoyed another gorgeous Wednesday morning on our Delta Nats quarterly Birds on the Bay (BOTB) outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP). Hi-lites included a nice Orange-crowned Warbler, some Western Sandpipers, Anna’s Hummingbirds and delicious home-made goodies prepared by the Delta Nats ladies. See lots of photos, including “people shots” on our DNCB Picasa site, which you can easily access from our DNCB Blog (on the right, first link under *Photos).
We all met and introduced the outing, and each other, at historic Cammidge House (CH) at 9:00 a.m. before our 2 ½ hour wanderings through BBRP. The participants included: newbies Dave & Donna Hilton, “Zoomie”, our new scope-bearer and Tsawwassenite Mark Offley, Paul Wright and “home-schooled” daughter Quinn, Lee Perry who bussed in from Vancouver, and lots of other off-and-on regulars including Langley Nat Anne G, always-cheerful Lorna C, Guru Anne M, photogs Terry C, Ken & Anne A, and Marion S, Jane Z, Don & Rochelle, West Vancouverite Derek K, Kay G, Richmondites Alan P and Donna T, and then a few others who joined us for the Goodies including Sandra, Bird Box Makers Ken Hall and Peter Ward and their guests Taiwan Simon and Timmu Finn (I forget his name). Anyhow, that’s 27 including me.
There were lots of unusually-large North-western Crows and different-plumaged European Starlings (some in their Winter speckles) hanging around Cammidge House as we left toward the beach. Not much other than Mallards in the pond next to the old Concession Stand (i.e. none of the “regulars” Northern Shovelers, Gadwall or Brewer’s Blackbirds). The tide was way out in the Bay and we scoped lots of unidentifiable ducks on the horizon (probably Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, newly-arrived American Wigeon, etc.). A few Great Blue Herons around and one Yellowlegs was near shore to give us a spark of excitement. Mt. Baker was clear and beautiful in the distance. We walked the path, munching on Blackberries, and saw several LBJ’s darting among the reeds and shrubs. We identified House Finches, American Goldfinches, Song and Savannah Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, heard Marsh Wrens and saw a very nice Orange-crowned Warbler. Anne M saw a Common Yellowthroat. A couple of Hummingbirds “helicoptered” around us and, following educated discussion, we determined they were Anna’s Hummingbirds since most of the Rufous Hummingbirds have gone South. Barn and a few Tree Swallows were hawking insects above us. We did not see any of the resident Northern Harriers until the end of our walk.
We took the first obligatory Group Photo at the Viewing Tower, and then got back on the dike path toward the Pump Station. Finally a few Killdeer and juvenile Western Sandpipers were close enough to shore to give us up-close-and-personal views. At the 12th Avenue Viewing Lookout, among a flock of Canada Geese was a white (and limping) hybrid Domestic Goose. On the inland path, back toward CH, we saw several Northern Flickers and Cedar Waxwings, and Anne M identified a number of the flora species to the group, but we did not see anything else that was really unusual or exciting. Fortunately, there was lots of nonsensical and almost-interesting conversation.
We got back to CH at 11:30 a.m. where the Delta Nats Ladies, Eleanor, Rochelle and their gopher Don, had an array of scrumptious home-made muffins, cookies and fruits, cheeses, etc. for the “great unwashed” to wolf down like starved primitives. The Bird Box Crew arrived at Noon (Report on this activity will be on our DNCB Blog soon) and were able to nibble on a few remaining crumbs. All this to say, we had another super enjoyable BOTB outing.
Our next DNCB outing will be next Wednesday, Sept. 19, leaving Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. It will be somewhere “around the Bay” (i.e. local). I will advise whether or not we will change DNCB outings to Mondays (My Wednesday Hockey has been cancelled, hopefully only temporarily). This Saturday, Sept. 15 Delta Nats will have their “hands-on” Display on the dike path at the foot of 72nd Avenue, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for Metro Vancouver’s Art Fair and Cammidge House Open House. Again, your comments are encouraged and tell me if you want off my DNCB List.
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society