DNCB Outing No. 2014-17 to Serpentine Fen and Kwomais Park

DNCB at Serpentine Fen parking lot - minus photographer Terry (TC)

DNCB at Serpentine Fen parking lot – 13 including photographer Terry (TC)

21 DNCB at Serpentine Fen

DNCB group now grown to 21 (KB)

Photos by Terry Carr (TC), Jim Kneesch (JK), Liz Stewart (LS), Ken Borrie (KB), Marion Shikaze (MS), Greg Hart (GH), Glen Bodie (GB)
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– see DNCB Picasa site for more photos

Eight people left Petra’s about 7:30 under Terry Carr’s leadership, and stopped first at Beach Grove where they were treated with a sighting of 2 adult Great Horned Owls (but no owlets).

They then proceeded to join the rest of us at Serpentine Fen.

When we first arrived at Serpentine Fen we were greeted by a very loud, and delightful dawn chorus and the sight of many birds flitting from tree to tree.  The sun was shining and it was WARM!!  By the end of the morning, 21 Delta Naturalists walked the dyke in accordion form, forming and reforming in constantly changing groupings along the way.

As I recall – Gareth, Al, Kirsten, and Greg were there to greet Donna when she arrived about 8:15.  Almost immediately Jim, Nicki, Terry, Gerhard, Kay, Glen, Sheila and Mike arrived.  Then Otto.  A foray into the barn yielded a Barn Owl.  About 30 minutes into our outing, Marion joined in the fun, and then Anne and Ken, and at about the 60 minute mark, Liz and her daughter Laura caught up with us after a complete circuit of the Fen, which included photographing a Sora at the “cedar hedge” lookout.  We were having so much success that, at about the half way mark, two people, Kathy Booth and Fred Wickens from the Surrey White Rock group, decided to join the fun.  Finally, Roger decided to get a jump start (according to Anne) on next week’s outing and joined us at Kwomais Park in South Surrey.

We enjoyed a very successful morning.  The highlights were 3 Owl species, and fabulous sightings of, not one, but several Soras out in the open and singing continuously,

and a surprising number (at least 10) of Cinnamon Teals!

Cinnamon Teal (JK)

Cinnamon Teal (JK)

At Kwomais Park, Otto treated us to a sighting of a Barred Owl, on its nest and its mate sitting on a limb of a nearby tree.

Other species carefully noted (thanks everyone) and seen during our walk at Serpentine Fen, included the following: Tree Swallows, Barn Owl, Yellow-rumped Warblers (by the dozen), Spotted Towhees, Bald Eagles, Song Sparrows, Golden-crowned & White-crowned Sparrows, Savannah Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee, nesting Mallards, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Goldfinches, Wigeons, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats (by the dozen), lustily singing Marsh Wrens, European Starlings, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teals, Cinnamon Teals, American Coots, Northwestern Crows, Muskrat (not a bird :-)), Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-necked Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eurasian Collared Doves, Northern Harrier, Great Blue Heron, Greater Scaup, Double-crested Cormorants, Rufous & Anna’s Hummingbirds, Buffleheads, female Hooded Merganser, Sora, and a flock of shore birds.  Are there any in the bird book I missed? 🙂   Phew!!  Sure hope you’re back next week, Tom!

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While hiking the Fen, it was fabulous to see a tree swallow perched on top of nearly every bird house, with much gratitude going to Gareth who cleaned out about 35 much neglected bird houses, (filled with 2 or 3 nests) when the ice was on the ponds, this past winter.  Yea, Gareth!!

At about 11:30 a few of us continued on to Kwomais Park, where Roger caught up with us, and with Otto’s guidance, we located the Barred Owl nest, and heard a Nuthatch, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Bewick’s Wren, a Flicker and an Orange Crowned Sparrow.  At the look-out, an Anna’s Hummingbird put on a good show and enjoyed a favourite perch.  A fabulous view of Point Roberts was also enjoyed, with Surf Scoters in the distance.  The last of us finally called it quits about 12:45.  What a morning!

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Next week, Wed. May 7, we will be going to Barnston Island under Al Schulze’s leadership.  Leaving Petra’s at 7:30 am, arriving at Barnston Ferry parking lot around 8:30 am.  We will be walking on to the ferry (no bikes).  Check for further details and maps on Upcoming DNS Events (at the end of that page).

And from Tom…  “And, of course, as always, comments welcome and let me know if you want off my List to receive these far too lengthy epistles.”

Donna Thompson, scribing for Terry Carr


About dncb

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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