Ten DNCBers enjoyed a wet but fun Wednesday morning circling Drayton Harbour and Semiahmoo Bay in Blaine, Washington. Check out some photo evidence on our new DNCB Flickr website.
Eight of us (Pat & Manli, plus WR Al, and Mike drove Chris, Terry, Roger and me) met at the Peace Arch Park parking lot at 7:30 am and car-pooled across the Border. Very smooth crossing with very little traffic. It was spitting rain at our meeting place at Blaine Harbour Park. The tide was out and there were lots of waterfowl way out, including Surf and White-winged Scoters. Several Killdeer, Ring-billed Gulls and a couple of Caspian Terns were the only interesting close in birds. We walked the park trail out to the lookout. Hundreds of Cormorants, Pelagic and Double-crested on the rock break walls. Not a lot of other stuff around other than a few Common Loons and a Red-necked Grebe.
We drove through Blaine to WR Al’s favourite spot where the house feeder only had House Sparrows and a couple of White-crowned Sparrows. In the trees around the parking lot were Rufous Hummingbirds, Eurasian-collared Doves, Northern Flickers and Cedar Waxwings. Next stop at the Semiahmoo Museum was a bit better. A Cooper’s Hawk flew over late arriving Gareth. Three Belted Kingfishers were on rocks on the Semiahmoo Bay side. More Scoters and a Horned Grebe in the bay. On the Drayton Harbour side were lots of Canada Geese, but we couldn’t identify any of the far-out ducks, perhaps a Ruddy Duck. Moving closer to the Marina, we saw several Harlequin Ducks and one Scaup species. Thirty-four Harbour Seals were lounging on the dock; Roger counted them.
Denise (aka Uma) joined us as we walked around the Marina to the lookout over to White Rock. Several large Jellyfish and Starfish amused us here, and we took a Group Photo of the ten. We were too early for the arrival of the wintering diving ducks. It was only 11:15 am and there were lots of folk eating in the Semiahmoo Resort Restaurant, so we decided to join them. Too early for lunch (and beer), but the Peanut Butter & Cheese Omelette along with Purple Potatoes was probably the most exciting discovery of the day.
The Border to Canada was smooth too and I got home around 1:30 pm (early by normal DNCB standards). Although we didn’t see as many species as expected, it’s always a very enjoyable outing to Blaine, and we were glad we had changed the destination from the completely fogged in Mount Baker (and road-closed).
Next Wednesday, Sept. 7, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for an outing along the Boundary Bay dike (change from Barnston Island), meeting at the Heritage Airport parking lot on 104th St at 8:00 am.
Don’t forget our first 2016/17 Delta Nats meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 pm at the Benediction Lutheran Church. Glen Bodie and Jack MacDonald will make a short presentation on our new DNCB Flickr site for photos, and guest speaker Graham Sunderland will give a presentation on his adventures as the Naturalist on Alaskan and other Cruise Ships.
As always, your comments are welcome, and let me know if you want off my List to receive these uninteresting recounts of our weekly visits to nature paradises in BC and its surroundings. Wishing you all a happy Labour Day Weekend. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society