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It was a rainy and windy Tuesday morning, so only six stoic DNCBers enjoyed an eventually sunny morning in Vancouver at Jericho Beach, and then Camosun Bog. We had some neat sightings among the gorgeous Fall colours, as you will see from Richmond Brian’s, Roger’s, Glen’s and Terry’s photos on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2017-41 to “DNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.
Roger drove 5 of us (Glen, Terry, Mike & me) in his Birdmobile from Petra’s at 7:40 am and we met Richmond Brian at Jericho Park. The drive was horrendous (again) as the traffic was backed up on 99 and in Vancouver. Rain and wind warnings didn’t help. We took several of “Roger’s Shortcuts” which always add significant time, but with four local BC born guys in the van, the 40 minute drive that took over an hour and half, was seamless, relaxing and very informative. At almost every corner we passed through the side streets of Vancouver, the conversation escalated from each guy as to what buildings were there over the past 70 years, who lived in them (including ancestral relatives), what crimes were committed there, where were the best haunts for misspent youths, etc. Truly fascinating listening.
Arriving just after 9:00 am, we parked on the street (free) next to the Jericho Beach east parking lot. The rain had stopped, but it was still windy and cool as we met Brian who had just photographed a Sharp-shinned Hawk sitting on a picnic table. Then a flock of Savannah Sparrows surrounded us in the grass. We walked to the beach where Roger hailed down a runner, in shorts and T shirt, who took the group photo of us all rugged up like we were in the Arctic. We walked the beach as the sun began to appear on the horizon, enjoying the vista across English Bay to Vancouver, Stanley Park and the mountains behind North and West Vancouver.
Large flocks of Double-crested Cormorants circled by, a few Pelagics around too. Horned Grebes bobbed among the waves. We had a bit of an ID test as there were several Gull species on the shore other than the common Glaucous-winged. We saw Mew, Ring-billed, Thayer’s (now included with Icelandic?), Herring, probably Western and perhaps California, and of course various Hybrids of these Gull species. It was sort of fun to confirm an ID, when in reality we were just guessing.
At the Sailing Club, we wandered inland along the treed trails of Jericho Park. The sun was shining now and it warmed up nicely as flocks of Finches, both House and American Goldfinches glistened in the bushes. I had good looks at both Golden- and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Lots of common stuff around including Steller’s Jay, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Wigeons and GBH in the ponds, but we couldn’t find any Warblers or a Goshawk. Approaching 11:00 am, we decided to visit Camosun Bog before lunch.
Brian and I entered the Bog at 21st and saw a Bewick’s Wren and a flock of Bushtits. The others entered at 19th St and saw an Anna’s Hummingbird. We met in the middle and all commented on the beautiful new boardwalks and very informative signage. Some were fascinated with the fungi on the trees, others with the carnivorous Sundew plant, rare Cloudberry, Bog Cranberry or prolific Labrador Tea. This urban wilderness in Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a very interesting and rare ecosystem.
Approaching Noon, we drove to Terry’s choice, Aphrodite’s Organic Café on West 4t Ave. Not being a real fan of healthy organic stuff, I was very pleasantly surprised with my Bacon & 3 poached egg Aphrodite Breakfast along with a tasty Scandal Beer (organic lager made in Prince George). It was so good that I don’t remember the ride home in the brilliant sun as I snoozed in the back seat. I got home before 2:00 pm with a Timmy’s Donut and Iced Cap for Sandra, and in time to take Grandson Thomas for a walk in the neighbourhood. Meanwhile Glen continued on, passing the Tsawwassen fields full of our early migrant Snow Geese. It turned out to be a glorious DNCB outing.
Next Tuesday, October 24, we will leave Petra’s at 7:00 am and carpool at 7:30 am from the Peace Arch Park parking lot to Deception Pass in Washington State. This is a new DNCB destination, and Roger & Terry have organized an interesting itinerary for the all-day outing. Check out directions (below), and other outing info on our website.
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Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society
Details of Oct. 24 DNCB Outing 2017-42 to Deception Pass & Whidbey Island, by Terry:
We will leave Petras at 7am and leave Peace Arch Parking lot at 730. Our first stop will be the Port Townsend – Keystone ferry terminal at Coupeville which is one hour and 47 minutes from Blaine. Follow I-5 to Hwy 20 West (exit 230).
Follow Hwy 20 past Anacortes to the Keystone Ferry Terminal (for Port Townsend ferry). On Highway 20, when approaching Anacortes, watch for the left turn to stay on Highway 20. It says Turn left for Oak Harbour and Port Townsend Ferry. THE MAIN ROAD GOES INTO ANACORTES SO IT IS EASY TO MISS THAT LEFT TURN. Later when you are approaching Coupeville you can either follow the signs to Port Townsend Ferry by staying on Highway 20 or take the shorter route by turning right onto Main St which becomes S Engle Rd and also goes to the ferry. There is lots of free parking around the ferry.
We will take the 10:15 ferry to Port Townsend as foot passengers. 35 minutes each way. Often see guillemots, murres, auklets and loons from the ferry. We will take the same ferry back at 11. Buy a return ticket. Fare each way is $1.65 for seniors and $3.35 for adults.
After returning on the ferry, we will bird Keystone Spit, Crockett Lake and the trail to Fort Casey.
After lunch, we will stop at Deception Pass State Park (Cranberry Lake & Deception Pass West Beach).