Photos by Glen (GB), Liz (LS), Pascale & Alberto (P&A), Jonathan (JM) & Tony (TM)
Twenty-three DNCBers (names at the end of this report) spent another beautiful Delta morning walking the dike trail at Brunswick Point (BP). There were many thousands of birds using this Roberts Bank IBA (Important Bird Area) to feed on their migratory flight from the north. Check out the gorgeous photo evidence on our DNCB Picasa site, and on the ILB’s photo site.
After leaving Petra’s, we all met at 8:00 a.m. at the entrance to Brunswick Point at the end of River Road. As always, following our frivolous introductory chatter, we started our walk at the mouth of this south arm of the Fraser River. Not much in the river, but in the bushes along the trail we saw lots of stuff including: four Sparrow species (Song, Fox, Golden- and White-crowned), separate flocks of Pine Siskins and Cedar Waxwings, House Finches and American Goldfinches, some brilliant Golden-crowned Kinglets, Marsh Wrens, Eurasian Collared-Doves, and of course, Towhees, Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Chickadees and everyone’s favourite, Great Blue Herons.
Other sightings included, Northern Flickers, flocks of Double-crested Cormorants, lots of Northern Harriers and a neat Peregrine Falcon hoping/trying to get lucky with a Shorebird meal.
There were literally thousands and thousands of Snow Geese (many juveniles) on the bank and flying overhead (a good breeding year on Wrangel Island, Russia).
Among them were thousands of Shorebirds, mostly Dunlin, Black-bellied Plovers
and other Peeps (Western Sandpipers), and thousands of Waterfowl, mostly Green-winged Teal with Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon among them. Do you get my point? There were a helluva lot of birds there.
A Coyote skulked across the Bay, but didn’t seem to disturb the birds much.
Bald Eagles raised a few at times.
We took the Group Photo (21) midway down the path, facing the brilliant sun rise. Note the Newbie Denise (aka Uma Thurman) in the photo, but White Rock’s Al (on his bike) & Alice arrived late.
You will also see some beautiful flower photos on our Picasa site.
On leaving the Point, a brilliant male Ring-necked Pheasant stood in the middle of the road, then scampered off into the grass.
We were blanked on Owls and American Bitterns which we have seen on other BP outings. A few of us (Roger, Jim K, two WR Al’s, Mike B, Glen B and me) dined again at Speed’s Pub in Ladner and my Fish & Chips and two 1516 beer were awesome. And surprisingly, the service was good too. Another fantastic DNCB outing.
Next Tuesday, October 27, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. for Campbell Valley Park. We expect to meet others around 8:15 a.m. at the 16th Avenue entrance parking lot. As always, comments invited, and let me know if you want off my List to receive these annoying missives. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society
The 23 were: Roger M, Jonathan w/o Lorraine, Rob & Marylile, Mike B, Marion S, Tony M (aka ILB), Liz S, Jim K, Ladner Jack, Alberto & Pascale, Pat w/o Maureen, Kirsten, WR Al & Alice, Lidia J, Patrick & Joanne, Richmond Donna, Glen B, Newbie Vancouver Denise (aka Uma Thurman) and me.