More photos at our DNCB Flickr site
For the umpteenth outing in a row, it poured rain, but 13 hardy DNCBers saw a lot of neat stuff on Wednesday at Brydon Lagoon and Hi-Knoll Park, then drove to Surrey Lake Park before lunch. Check out the brilliant photos of flowers, folk and fowl on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2017-14 to “DNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.
Six of us left Petra’s at 7:30 am, carpooling nicely in two vehicles, David H took Valerie and Glen, Mike drove Terry and me. We made good time and got to the Brydon Lagoon parking lot (near the Langley-Surrey border) at 8:15 am. Sisters Pat & Maureen, Richmond Brian and Johnny Mac were waiting. Our “Leaders” Ken & Anne and Rambling Roger made their guest appearances while we were on the trail. While Glen (with his new camera) took the first of a few Group photos at the parking lot, we saw a couple of Green-winged Teal in the adjacent pond, and Glen heard a Common Yellowthroat. We walked to the Lagoon and there was lots of neat stuff in it, in stunning breeding plumage, including; a pair of Common Goldeneye, both Common and Hooded Mergansers, Pied-billed Grebes, Gadwall, American Wigeon and Mallards. Swallows were hawking insects over the water; we recognized Tree and Violet-green, Brian saw a Barn, but we weren’t good enough to identify Northern Rough-winged or other species. Someone tried to shrink a Great Blue Heron into the oft-seen Green Heron, albeit unsuccessfully.
Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audubon’s with yellow throat) excited us as they flitted in the bushes, posing occasionally for good shots. Three Sparrow species there too, Song, White- and Golden-crowned. Neither Rufous nor Anna’s Hummingbirds were as common as usual there. Of course, Rambling Roger (dressed like a Canary) saw the only Common Yellowthroat. We trudged through the marsh mud, and crossed the Nicomekl River bridge to Hi-Knoll Park. Here we saw our Destination Species, both White and even rarer Pink Fawn Lilies. These wildflowers are apparently only found here and Vancouver Island. Interestingly, Valerie advised that the name Fawn Lily is from the texture of their leaves which resemble a Fawn Deer. Check out the photos. We also saw lots of other beautiful flowers and blossoms, including Trilliums, Red Currant and Indian Plum blossoms, Skunk cabbage and Roger’s Lunch, Stinging Nettle.
It continued to rain, uncomfortably for a number of us who had inappropriate footwear. We saw both Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees through our foggy bins. We heard Pacific Wrens and a Pileated Woodpecker, saw Northern Flickers, but couldn’t find the Barred Owl. We raced back to the parking lot, almost losing Valerie. We passed Annabelle’s home on the Lagoon where only Red-winged Blackbirds were at her feeder with Eurasian Collared-Doves watching.
Not yet 11:00 am, we decided to add a visit to Surrey Lake Park before lunch. Under Terry’s guidance, driving through Surrey subdivisions, we did the 10 minute drive in 30 minutes. The Lake was quite productive for our 10 minute visit with a Belted Kingfisher, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebes, American Coots, Northern Shovelers, an active Bald Eagles nest and other common stuff.
Nine of us stopped at the Big Ridge Brew Pub at 152nd and Highway 10 just before Noon. For some, especially the soaked ones, the lunch stop was the hi-lite of the outing. It was Asian Special Day and my Sweet & Sour Pork along with a pint of their flagship 152 Lager was perfect, and cheap too. Despite the inclement weather, we were all very happy to have spent an almost-enjoyable morning together.
Next Wednesday, April 19, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for Ladner Harbour Park, where we should be at 8:00 am. We’ll visit other parks in Ladner, too.
Our Outing Destination List is changing, so for more up-to-date info check the 2017 DNCB Outings list on our website.
Also, our annual Birds in Focus Presentation evening is this Saturday, April 15 at 6:30 pm at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre. Join us for the art & photography exhibit, plus Visual Presentations by three renowned wildlife photographers.
As always, your comments welcomed, and let me know if this drivel annoys you and you want off my List. Cheers and Happy Easter: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society