There were about 30 folk from four BC Nature Clubs (Chilliwack, Langley, White Rock/Surrey and Delta) on Wednesday’s outing to Manning Park. It was very slightly overcast, but a gorgeous day. Gerhard and I left the Ladner Bus Exchange at 6:45 a.m. and had a very pleasant and relaxing drive along the SFPR, Highway’s 1 and 3 to the MP Lodge.
We met the eclectic group at 9:00 a.m. at the MP Lodge where “Leaders” Chilliwack’s Janne Perrin and Langley’s Bob Puls introduced the group. We drove in sporadic car loads to the top of the mountain where we walked two trails (one was Paint Brush) for a couple of hours. We saw lots of plants and flowers, a few birds and a few insects (beaut Butterflies), and mammals (Coyote, Bear, Columbian and Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels, Hoary Marmots). Gray Jays and Clark’s Nutcrackers and Ground Squirrels ate off people’s heads, and hands.
Some saw: Fox Sparrow, Steller’s Jays, Mountain Bluebirds, Mountain Chickadee, Dark-eyed Juncos, Chipping Sparrows, Warbler species including Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, and Yellow-rumped, Evening Grosbeak, Rufous Hummingbirds. Several people took photos which I hope get posted on our DNCB Picasa site.
Gerhard and I got back to Ladner at 5:00 p.m., in time for dinner with neglected spouse and guests. A super day. This is an abbreviated report; I look forward to seeing other reports and photos.
Next Wednesday, July 29, DNCBers will gather on the 7:00 a.m. Ferry to Swartz Bay for our annual Victoria outing. We will bus to and from Victoria and take the 5:00 p.m. ferry back to Tsawwassen. See details on our website. Comments encouraged. Cheers: Tom
Several DNCBers and others continued on to the Beaver Lodge Wetlands area, and to the Lightning Lakes area as well. At the former, various people were treated to an abundance of Cedar Waxwings picking berries and hawking insects, as well as a Mallard family feeding, Hairy Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Red Crossbills, Pine Siskin, Common Yellowthroat, and other previously mentioned birds. There were also several new plants species there. At the latter, we added Ravens, Canada Geese, a gull, Robin, Red Squirrel, and were entertained by the usual Columbian Ground Squirrels and a Yellow-pine Chipmunk.