DNCB Outing No. 2014-44 to Point Roberts, WA

Beach Birders (RM)

Beach Birders (photo by Roger Meyer)

Photo albums by Terry Carr (TC), Jim Kneesch (JK), Liz Stewart (LS) and Ken Borrie (KB) are posted at DNCB Picasa site – some of these photos have been added to this Report

On Wednesday, November 5, twelve birders braved threatening skies to depart Petra’s at 8:15.  Bound for Point Roberts were Roger, Terry, Mike, Lorna, Al, Alice, Jim, Rob and Marylile, to meet Ken, Anne A. and Liz already waiting at Lighthouse Marine Park.

No border lineup, so the Petra’s crew added a quick trip to the beach at Kiniskis.  Roger reported a likely Sharp-shinned Hawk at a side road near our turnoff.  On to the beach, where a majestic looking Bald Eagle patiently posed, with many Double-crested Cormorants lined to the west.  Largest of the latter revealed itself as a (?) Halloween prank with dramatic outstretched wings.


We also saw Pelagic Cormorants and Horned Grebes.

Then to Lighthouse Marine Park, a bit windy but still dry.  Before the “rock pile” group photo by Roger, we enjoyed plentiful sightings of water birds… Red-necked and Horned Grebes, Common Loons, Red-breasted Mergansers, Harlequins, Surf Scoters, Common Murres (far away), Black Turnstones, Scaup and Buffleheads in flight.

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Roger left us early for a luncheon date.

About 9:45, we drove off to another beach spot down an “alley” between 2 waterfront homes.  We passed a GBH guarding a rooftop.

and approached a busy group of House Finches.

Walking east on the beach, we saw more Harlequins, Black Oystercatchers, Yellowlegs, Killdeer and a Song Sparrow.

Back in cars, to travel eastward past the Point Roberts Marina, where we parked just off the road near Oceanside Estate condos.  The first bird encountered was thought to be a Flicker, but closer inspection of photos revealed a Western Meadowlark.  Soon after a Northern Shrike provided great photo ops.

The wind increased as we walked further to see more Black Oystercatchers and Harlequins.

Back to the cars for the drive to Maple Beach, immediately south of the border.  Very windy by now, providing action shots of a colourful kiteboarder with green and white aloft.TC_IMG_4172  Rob set off north to walk to the border, noting the flood protection when he returned.  The rest of us shivered and viewed many Surf Scoters and distant White-winged Scoters.

Thence on for drive to Brewsters for welcome warm soup, etc.  Al pronounced birds of the day as Mark the (Meadow)Lark and Shrek the Shrike.  Lunch was delicious and graciously served; some snapped up bottles of wine on sale for $4.00.  Alas Tom, no brews in that category.

Our next outing is Wednesday, Nov. 12, to Stanley Park, including Beaver Lake and possibly Ambleside Park in West Vancouver; maybe lunch afterwards.  We leave Petra’s at 8:00 a.m., parking above Second Beach by 9:00 am (see GOOGLE map).

At next Delta Nats meeting, on Monday, November 10, Guest Speakers David Bradbeer & Gary Searing will speak about Managing Raptors and Wildlife at YVR airport (details on DNS Meetings page).

TB_Melbourne Cup with Bill Smart Nov. 4, 2014 005

Tom’s tipster for Melbourne Cup winner, the Ring-necked Parrot

Report by Marylile Martin
(subbing for Tom-in-Oz)

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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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One Response to DNCB Outing No. 2014-44 to Point Roberts, WA

  1. Tom Bearss says:

    Awesome report, Marylile, and beaut photos too. “Mark & Shrek” were neat Birds of the Day for Pt. Bob. Looks cold there; I’m enjoying the heat, sun, Ferry Wrens, jumping Humpbacks and beer here in Oz. Costs a bit more than 4 bucks, but delish nonetheless. Cheers: Tom

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