This morning, Nov. 12, 2015, the Fab Four, Peter Ward, Ken Hall, Gareth Pugh and I toured the Kings Links Golf Course and decided on a spot to install the “Cadillac” Barn Owl Box that Peter and his friends made. It was bloody cold and windy at 10:00 a.m. when we met Superintendent Mike Keiner at the KL Work Sheds. He gave us two carts and we four drove around the course, pointing out our Tree Swallow boxes, and doing some birding in the ponds; lots of American Wigeon (at least one Eurasian), Gadwall, Northern Shovelers and Mallards. Gareth spotted a small flock of Yellowlegs fly by, and several Northern Harriers. We checked Mike’s suggested locations, behind the driving range near fairway 16, and in the Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) beside hole no. 5, where we have the Bat Boxes. We all think this location, on the side of the little mound just north of the Bat Box Tree is the best spot to put our BO Box.
We discussed installation. We/DNS (me) will purchase a 6”X6” X 15 foot post. Kings Links Staff have offered to dig the hole and cement in the post (~3 or 4 feet deep). Peter Ward will purchase two braces and large bolts to secure the box to the top of the post. Terry will give me a DNS Tag to put on the box. We think the box hole should be facing away from the Bay (less wind). The box will be about 11 or 12 feet above the ground, easily accessible with a ladder. Peter is going to California, so it looks like the preferable date to do the installation will be Thursday, December 3 (10:00 a.m.), provide PW and Kings Links staff concur. Please advise whether these arrangements are okay.
We also checked out the Barn Swallow “kiosk”. Although nothing used it last year, we’re not giving up on it. Pete Blair indicated he will put some sides on the kiosk in the early Spring in hopes that this will make it more attractive to BS. We know that BS like and feed in the area, so we just have to create a nice home for them. The Tree Swallow boxes were very successful and we will clean and close them in early Spring too, perhaps moving a couple of them too. We discussed the Bat Boxes and I learned that Bats don’t like boxes in trees. So, we might consider moving them to posts, or discuss putting them somewhere else (e.g. on the side/top of the new Clubhouse? Or on the work shed?). Just thoughts.
Approaching 11:30 a.m. and still freezing in the wind, we decided to go to the Boundary Bay Airport restaurant for coffee and Soup. It hit the spot. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists’ Society