About 17 DNCBers enjoyed a gorgeous Tuesday morning along the Brunswick Point (BP) Trail. Check out the beaut photos by Terry, Liz, Glen, Pat and Pascale on our DNCB Picasa site.
Five of us left Petra’s at 8:00 a.m. (note new time next Wednesday is 7:30 a.m.) and stopped at the Tsatsu Heronry where the 200+ pair (or is it 400?) of Great Blue Herons have started their colony again and many are already sitting on eggs. We checked our DNS Bird Nest Boxes across the road at Tsatsu Shores and the Bewick’s Wrens have started a nest in a second box. One wren posed and sang beautifully for us and we also saw a colourful Anna’s Hummingbird there (saw Rufous later at BP). We didn’t stop as we drove through the Tsawwassen First Nations land and all the new development, arriving at Brunswick Point around 9:15 a.m. A Western Meadowlark flew in a field near to where a flock of Lesser Snow Geese was feeding. The Snow Geese entertained us throughout the morning, rising en masse and even landing on the trail for photo ops.
Since we arrived late to BP, many had already started walking. They photographed a brilliant cock Ring-necked Pheasant near the beginning of the trail. An active Bald Eagles nest (Mom sitting on eggs) in the first grove of trees was new since last year. Lots of little birds seen: House Finches, the regular Sparrow species plus several neat Savannahs, Towhees, etc. A Marsh Wren building a nest was a crowd pleaser. Northern Harriers were cruising over the marsh where Red-winged Blackbirds had staked out their territories. Through our KOWA Scope we saw lots of waterfowl along the shore including: Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Mallards and flocks of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers. Some flocks of Plovers came to the fields for closer looks and photos of their black arm pits. We saw Killdeer too and perhaps a Falcon species (I forget).
Pascale & Alberto finally arrived to take the Group Photo of 13 (attached), minus photog Alberto, Pat & Maureen and “Birder on Bike” White Rock Al. Debbie caught a small Garter Snake which she used to demonstrate her Parks Interpreter skills. I had to leave at 10:30 a.m. for my Tuesday golf at Tsawwassen Springs, but the group continued on until Noon. Not sure where or what they ate for lunch, but I had a few tasty Red Truck lagers at the Pint Pub in Vancouver, following golf and before attending the Canucks-San Jose Sharks game at Rogers Centre. It was an awesome ASD (All Sports Day).
Next Wednesday, April 6, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. for Iona Regional Park, meeting at the Iona washroom parking lot around 8:15 a.m.
Don’t forget our DNS Monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen. Gwen Barlee of The Wilderness Committee will give a presentation on Why Are Our Bees Dying? All welcome. As always, comments encouraged, check out our website for more reports, photos and info, and please let me know if you want off my List to receive these moronic missives. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society (P.S. Apologies for late report; too busy at meetings, installing Bird Boxes, playing hockey and golf, and a bit of Grandparent Daycare. What a Life!)
Reminder that DNCB outings are switching to WEDNESDAYs, leaving Petra’s at 7:30.