Photos by Brian Avent (BA), Roger Meyer (RM), Terry Carr (TC), Glen Bodie (GB), Pat Smart (PS), Maureen Sinilaid (MS), David Hoar (DH): more photos at our DNCB Flickr site
Twenty-five participants, including five Newbies, enjoyed a mild and sunny Wednesday morning on our quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP). Check out some beaut photo evidence on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2017-09 to “DNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.
We all met at historic Cammidge House at 9:00 am. Following introductions, and Terry’s first Group Photo, we walked on the road toward Centennial Beach. Several Bald Eagles were roosting in surrounding trees.
As we approached the native plant garden at the pond, we saw a few Brewer’s Blackbirds that are often there among the Red-winged Blackbirds and Starlings.
Two female Bufflehead were in the pond with the Mallards and American Wigeon.
We wandered onto the beach and nine Black Oystercatchers were flipping shells at the shoreline. Several Sanderling were among them too, all close for good views.
In the distance was a huge raft of mostly Surf and some White-winged Scoters (about 1000 birds). With our super scope we were able to see some Common Goldeneye among them. Impressive sightings, especially for the Newbies.
We continued along the trail past the closed restaurant looking for early migrants. In the bushes, we saw common stuff, Sparrows (Fox, Golden-crowned, Song), Spotted Towhees and several Anna’s Hummingbirds, but were blanked on Warblers and Swallows.
Hearing birds would have been accidental as the Chatfest among new friends took precedence over birding, and happily so with us “casual” birders. We did hear a Marsh Wren, but didn’t see one. Most were ecstatic about walking in such an idyllic spot with the sun shining. A passing park visitor on grandparent duty took the obligatory Group Photo of our smiling crew at the Lookout.
Continuing along the dike path toward the Pumphouse, more rafts in the distance looked up-close-and-personal through our magical scope, graciously carried by our very own DNCBer Fisherman Roy. One raft was Greater Scaup, another of Northern Pintail and Wigeons.
Small flocks of Yellowlegs flew by, and one Greater Yellowlegs posed close to shore for us.
Green-winged Teal were close too, but we couldn’t find a Common Teal. Some saw a Cooper’s Hawk and others a Red-tailed Hawk soaring above, and we finally saw one of the resident Northern Harriers.
At the Pumphouse, our Guru Anne pointed out the Gull species, i.e. Mew, Western, Ring-billed and Hybrids among the Glaucous-winged Gulls.
A number of participants were impressed (one is a number). Gadwall were in the Pumphouse pond.
We took the inland trail back, pointing out the seven new Tree Swallow Bird Nesting Boxes we installed last week. We saw several Northern Flickers, Robins, more Hummers and Chickadees, but nothing unusual, other than the weird resident Northwestern Crow with white wings.
No one cared as most were more excited to get back to Cammidge House to enjoy the Delta Nats Ladies’ array of scrumptious home-made goodies.
We were not disappointed, arriving at 11:30 am to the smiles of Jennifer, Elizabeth, Rochelle and Don. It was another fantastic Birds on the Bay outing, and I was almost on time to play my regular Wednesday Noon Hockey.
Next Tuesday, March 14, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for Serpentine Fen, meeting at the parking lot by the Barn Owl barn around 8:00 am.
Don’t forget Scotch Broom Removal (only 2 hours) this Saturday, March 11, meeting at the 12th St. Park entrance at 10:00 am. Check out our Nats website for more info, reports and photos, and, as always, let me know if these boring missives are annoying and you want off my e-mail List. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society