DNCB Outing No. 2016-30 to Burnaby Mountain and SFU

RM_Burnaby Mountain 2

DNCB at Burnaby Mountain (minus photog. Roger M) – click on photo for bigger picture

Photos by Roger (RM), Brian (BA) & Terry (TC)

Fourteen DNCBers (named at the end of this Report) enjoyed a gorgeous Wednesday morning on top of Burnaby Mountain, wandering the trails to Simon Fraser University (SFU).  Some neat sightings, including Western Tanagers, and spectacular views as you can see in our DNCB Picasa photos.

We car-pooled from Petra’s shortly after 7:30 a.m. and I lucked out with Rambling Roger.  We took another of Roger’s Shortcuts, across the Knight Street Bridge to Burnaby.  Then I think we criss-crossed on every street in Burnaby as Roger showed us his “life”.  We saw the woods where as a youngster he was held at gun point by three escaped convicts.  We saw the now vacant lot where his grandfather lived, and the High School where he taught for 35 years, yes 35.  It was a fascinating tour, but we got to the Horizon’s Restaurant parking lot on Burnaby Mountain approaching 9:00 a.m., almost ½ hour after everyone else.  As we introduced each other, including our New York visitors, Bill & Carolyn and new BC resident, Ontarian Janice, a couple of Black-headed Grosbeaks flew into the trees above the Japanese Totem Poles.

This beautiful Japanese Garden, including large floral Cranes, commemorates the twining of  two cities, Burnaby and Kushiro.

We were awe-struck by the spectacular vistas of downtown Vancouver, the three ski slopes Cypress, Grouse and Seymour, and the views up Indian Arm.

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Roger took the Group photo in this beautiful setting.  Small birds were flitting around and we saw Dark-eyed Juncos, Purple Finches,  Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, heard Golden-crowned Kinglets.  A Raven called and a Northern Flicker posed.

Then Mike spotted our Bird of the Day, an adult Western Tanager.  A youngster was following it and Terry even got shots of it feeding the young bird.

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We started up the trail toward SFU, through the mixed conifer/deciduous woods.  A very pleasant but relatively quiet walk; we heard Swainson’s Thrushes, Pacific Slope Flycatchers and Pacific Wrens, but weren’t able to spot them.  Lots of evidence of Pileated Woodpeckers, but alas, unseen.

When we got to SFU, Roger suggested it was a “short walk” further to the Quadrangle where the Cliff Swallows were nesting.  We followed Roger like sheep, up 809 stairs through SFU, finally reaching the Quadrangle, exhausted.  No Cliff Swallows, but there were remnants of where they nested under the walkway.

Beautiful vistas from here too, and we saw Barn Swallows and perhaps a Cliff Swallow.  A Turkey Vulture cruised by in the distance.

We returned, using elevators, and the road sidewalk back to the Horizon’s Restaurant.  Not much seen on the return walk, basically just a chatfest of the usual inane conversation.

We got back to the parking lot around 11:30 a.m. and, since Sandra and I were hosting a 1:00 p.m. lunch for former DNCBer’s Rick & Marg Woolley (R&M), we decided to end the outing and return to Tsawwassen.  The ride back was uneventful, but riveting as Hans and I, sitting in the back seat, continued to be mesmerized by the historical memories of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s shared by Roger and Mike.  We took the direct route over the Alex Fraser Bridge and I got home well before our 1:00 p.m. luncheon.  Meanwhile, Janice went to Port Moody in search of her Lifer, Band-tailed Pigeons, and several others dined at the Landing Pub in Ladner.

Our R&M Lunch included Curried Pumpkin Soup, Cheese & Onion Pie, Green Salad with fresh Berries, Mango Pudding (all home-made), and of course Anarchist Amber Ale for the men and Champagne for the ladies.  Delish!

The fourteen DNCBers were: Roger M, Mike B, Hans-Ulf, Barb M, Terry C, New Yorkers Bill & Carolyn, North Van Richard H, Richmond Brian A, new BC resident Janice M, Rob & Marylile, Chris McV and me.  Another super DNCB outing.

Next Wednesday, August 3, we will leave Petra’s at the regular 7:30 a.m. time on an “away” outing to Cheam Lake.  We would expect to meet at the Cheam Lake Regional Park parking lot about 9:00 a.m.  Check out our website for more info.

As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if you want off my e-mail list to receive these wearisome waxings.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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DNS: Delta Naturalists are a group of nature lovers whose aim is to foster interest in the natural history of the Fraser delta by sharing and enjoying nature and promoting environmental awareness and conservation. DNCB: Delta Nats Casual Birders is a group of Casual Birders who go Birding at different locations each week, usually within the Lower Mainland or in nearby Washington State.
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