Sixteen keeners braved the threatening skies to meet at Second Beach at 9:00 a.m. A damp mist prevailed as our group made our way to the Sea Wall. Tony, Jim, Lorna, Otto, Fern, Nance, Glen, Rob, Marylile, Mike, Roger K, Gerhard, newbies Lynn and Kathy followed the lead of Terry and Roger M. Seaward in English Bay we spotted Barrow’s Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, and juvenile Mew Gulls.
Then heading east towards the lagoon, an Anna’s Hummingbird posed on precisely the same tree as seen a year ago.
On the way to Lost Lagoon, American Wigeon, Wood Ducks, a female Common Merganser and Scaup were encountered. Taking the southern lagoon path, more Wood Ducks, Common Mergansers, a Great Blue Heron and a Pied-billed Grebe were sighted.
To the right on the snag trees were the usual raucous Canada Geese perched on top. Many examples of beaver damage were noted – gnawing by young much in evidence.
The Mute Swans seemed to mimic our route around the lagoon, swimming by a group of Ring-necked ducks and female Hooded Mergansers.
Heading west a Sharp-shinned Hawk was sighted (not in photos). Otto tempted fate by hand feeding a begging racoon.
Also on the return to Second Beach, Black-capped chickadees, Towhees, Song and Fox Sparrows were seen.
About 11:00 our convoy continued on to Beaver Lake.
Great enjoyment ensued at the hand feeding of perky Chestnut-backed Chickadees. Also spotted were Fox and Song Sparrows, and many Spotted Towhees, while Bufflehead and a few Canada Geese swam just past the old beaver lodge.
Fourteen of us headed into the park to lunch at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club’s floating Mermaid Inn. Roger’s highlight of the day was his lunch special of the bacon/avocado/tomato sandwich.
Thanks to Terry and Roger for their able coaching as I compose.
Marylile (Tom Bearss is in Ontario)
Next week, Tuesday February 17, we will be going to Blackie Spit, South Surrey and White Rock Pier; leaving Petra’s at 8 am, arrive Blackie Spit around 8:30 am.