Photos by Roger Meyer (RM), Terry Carr (TC), Liz Stewart (LS), Jim Kneesch (JK) and Marion Shikaze (MS) (maybe Glen Bodie (GB) soon?) at DNCB Picasa site
Sixteen eager birders bundled up for the chilly morning and set out to find birds along the Tsawwassen Ferry Jetty and the Delta Port end of the Brunswick Point dyke trail. Mike, Roger, Terry, Jim, Rob, Marylile and I (Jean) left Petra’s about 8 am and met up with Vim, Glen, Marion, Marty, Kirsten, Al, Nance, Liz and Gerhard who were already birding at the ferry jetty.
On the south side of the jetty could be seen Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants, and more American Wigeons, with the occasional Eurasian Wigeon. Surf Scoter, Horned and Red-necked Grebes, Common Loon and a female Harlequin Duck, though less in numbers, were just as interesting.
A number of Black Oystercatchers could be observed among the rocks, and a small flock of Brant Geese were seen swimming far off shore.
In addition, several Great Blue Heron and a Harbour Seal were observed searching for fish. A pair of Bald Eagles watched us from their perches atop several light standards.
A quick stop at Kingfisher bridge revealed a single Ruby-crowned Kinglet, several Spotted Towhee and some Green-winged Teal. A few Golden-crowned Sparrows and Song Sparrows were also seen as they flew from one bush to another.
After some discussion concerning just how to find the best parking area near the Brunswick Point dyke, we all managed to arrive at our destination at approximately the same time. It proved to be an excellent site for shorebirds as well as ducks. In fact, several in the group agreed it would be a great place to find fall migrating shorebirds next September.
The offshore ducks included Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail and American Wigeon, while the shorebirds were mainly Dunlin interspersed with a smaller number of Black-bellied Plover.
Northern Flickers, House Finches, Spotted Towhees, European Starlings and Red-winged Blackbirds made up the songbirds that were found, with the most noteworthy being the observation of a Lincoln’s Sparrow. Other sparrows, such as Song, Savannah and Golden-crowned were seen as they flew about in the shrubbery.
Two magnificent Trumpeter Swans flew over the nearby farm fields as we walked along the trail.
It proved to be an especially good day for raptors since we managed to see Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, a number of Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers and an American Kestrel that hovered beautifully over the fields. And finally, just as one part of the group was arriving back into Tsawwassen, a Cooper’s Hawk was spotted calmly sitting on a wire above the road.
Another enjoyable day out birding with friends!
Report by Jean Gartner
Next week, Wednesday November 26, we will go to Blaine, Washington; leaving Petra’s at 8 am. Meet at the Peace Arch parking lot off Beach Road at 8:30 (last exit before the duty free). And shortly after that on Marine Drive in Blaine just across the railway tracks. We will go to Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Spit and Birch Bay. Lunch at a Birch Bay Restaurant. Bring passports. Do not bring fruit, vegetables or meat.