Fourteen DNCBers spent an overcast but dry and comfortable Tuesday morning wandering around the gorgeous flower beds of Queen Elizabeth Park in downtown Vancouver. There seemed to be a “fallout” of Warblers in the trees so we had lots of neat sightings; check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site and Roger’s Flickr site. Also, check out other reports with photos included on our Delta Nats website.
Four of us (I drove Roger, Terry & Mike) left Petra’s shortly after 7:30 am on a long and tedious drive through humungous rush hour traffic to the Golf Course parking lot at QE Park. We benefitted from the HOV lane but still only arrived approaching 8:45 am (wow: one hour driving) to the patient and prompt others; Pat & Maureen, Kirstin & Jean, Chris McV and South Surrey Newbie Julie J. We got Golf Course Jack to take our first Group (10) Photo at the entrance under the inactive Hummingbird Feeder.
We started our walk through the brilliant flower gardens and were surprised by good looks at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Bewick’s Wren in a tree just above our heads. By now time challenged Roy & Solveig and locals Bryan & Janet had arrived, so a very pleasant dog-walking local resident took our second Group (14) Photo, then invited us for breakfast. Although Roger was keen, we respectfully continued our outing.
Regular sightings at QE Park began as Anna’s Hummingbirds flashed their iridescent throats, Northern Flickers screeched from their perches around us, and Golden-crowned and Song Sparrows foraged among the flowers. A Northern Harrier cruised by and later a Cooper’s Hawk was mobbed by Crows. A few Dark-eyed Juncos still around and lots of Bushtits, but what surprised us was the large numbers of Warblers flitting in the tree tops. A “fallout” perhaps as they were pushed down by the earlier rain. It was very frustrating trying to ID the many birds, but we were able to see, and photograph, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers. I suspect there were other species too.
We continued past the Seasons in the Park Restaurant, enjoying the colours, the view of downtown Vancouver, and the Salamander Cactus Bed. We were blanked on Western Tanagers, Barred Owl and Flycatchers (seen on other outings here), but when we got to the new Love Locks Sculptures, Bryan spotted a Hermit Thrush, and Terry even got a shot (photo, not gun). A Lincoln’s Sparrow was also seen here among the Spotted Towhees. We also saw a few squeaky Golden-crowned Kinglets flitting in the branches. Only Mallards were in the lower pond.
We probably saw other stuff, but I forget. It was approaching Noon when we got back to the parking lot, so eight of us (see Roger’s photo) decided to go for lunch to the “Main on Main” pub at 26th Street corner. An excellent choice as the Lamb Shank (Greek House Specialty) was delicious, of course with a couple of Red Truck Lager pints.
The drive back to Tsawwassen was smooth, and typical, as Roger and Mike continuously reminisced/ranted about their 50’s & 60’s experiences at every completely-changed corner along the way (construction was everywhere) while poor world traveler Terry couldn’t get a word in edge-wise. We all had a ball on another enjoyable DNCB adventure.
Next Tuesday, October 11, we will go to Iona Regional Park, meeting at the washroom parking lot around 8:15 am.
Tonight (Wednesday at 7:30 pm) at Cammidge House is the BCIT Presentation on Invasive Species in BBRP; all welcome as Scotch Broom Removal event is Saturday, October 22.
As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if you want off my list to receive these annoying tirades. Sandra and I leave next week (Oct. 12) for our biennial visit to Western Australia, returning on December 8, so you will have to check out future outing reports by other DNCBers on our website. I’m going to Wednesday Noon Hockey now. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society