Wow! We had about 33 almost-manageable participants on a gorgeous Wednesday morning at Iona Regional Park and the adjacent Sewage Lagoons. The tide was high, sky clear and jacket-less temperature. Check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Picasa site.
We met at the Iona RP washroom parking lot around 8:00 a.m. I arrived early, by-passing Petra’s, and found Hooded Mergansers in the main pond and juvenile Killdeer on the Bay shoreline with the flocks of Snow Geese. Following introductions and idle gossip, we took the Group Photo here to get it over with. Wendy Vreeken and John joined us from Metro Vancouver Parks with their huge camera equipment. They collected videos and interviews during the outing for use on their MV website, hopefully to showcase our DNCB outing.
The day’s sightings included: Northern Shrike, large flocks of Snow and Canada Geese,
five Sparrow species (Song, Fox, Golden- & White-crowned and Savannah), Marsh and Pacific Wrens, Merlin, Bald Eagles, large flocks of Double-crested Cormorants, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Belted Kingfisher; shorebirds included Long-billed Dowitchers, Dunlin (much discussion about this one!), Pectoral Sandpiper and Killdeer (no swarms of Peeps as expected).
Ducks/Waterfowl included Pied-billed Grebes, Ring-necked Ducks, American Coots, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon (perhaps a Eurasian) and Mallards, including a weird Leucistic Mallard hybrid. Other common regulars included House Finches and American Goldfinches, Juncos and Chickadees, Robins and Towhees, Red-winged but no Yellow-headed Blackbirds. We missed earlier-seen Western Meadowlarks and were blanked on seeing Rails (Sora, Virginia).
Returning to the parking lot at 11:30 a.m., we decided to end the Iona outing and drive to the dike path at the foot of Steveston Highway in Richmond to see the Tropical Kingbird. See photo evidence on the DNCB Picasa site.
Attached is a brilliant report of our Iona outing beautifully authored, including his photos, by our own Indian Land Baron (ILB), Tony Mitra. It’s titled “It happened at Iona“:
A species of hominids attempted to describe an entire class of Aves, and a member of the hominid gang made a report… (etc.)
– I hope you enjoy Tony’s Tale as much as I did!
Next Tuesday, October 20 (not Wednesday), we will meet at and leave from Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. on an outing to Brunswick Point (River Road entrance at 8:00 a.m.). Today (Thursday), several Nats examined and cleaned our DNS Nest Boxes at BB Regional Park (30), Earthwise (12) and Tsatsu Shores (4). Tomorrow (Friday), some of us will do the same to our 30 boxes on Kings Links Golf Course. Cheers: Tom.
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society