DNCB Report No. 2017-50 to Point Roberts, USA

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

Rain & Snow: Another DNCB Tuesday of crappy weather.  Only three of us (Mike, Terry and me) went to Pt. Roberts where it poured rain, and we birded without leaving the vehicle.  However, Terry got some good photos that you can see on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2017-50 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

We procrastinated at Petra’s Kafe, then decided at 8:00 am to go to Pt. Roberts. Border was clear, and at our first stop at Kiniski’s Tavern (outside, not inside), there were lots of Horned Grebes, Bufflehead, Common Loons and Surf Scoters diving.  Terry was able to take shots without leaving the back seat.  We did the same at other stops at Lighthouse Marine Park parking lot, the PR Marina, and last stop at Bayview Drive (east side of PR). We also saw Harlequin Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, Cormorants (Pelagic and Double-crested), Killdeer, Song, Fox and White-crowned Sparrows.  I almost ran into a Coyote strolling along APA Drive.

Roger and I went to Lighthouse Park last weekend after buying gas and in our 20 minutes there saw: Marbled Murrelets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Long-tailed Ducks, Northern Shrike, a Sealion and Harbour Porpoises, in addition to the above-mentioned species.  Because we were wimps today and didn’t get out of the car, we were blanked on these sightings.  We drove around Pt. Roberts for a couple of hours, and frankly, it was very enjoyable bonding with Mike and Terry.

We left the rainy Point and got to the Rose & Crown Pub around 10:30 am.  Interestingly, the cars were covered with snow in Tsawwassen; very Christmassy, but I hope it doesn’t last.  We were first customers in the Pub which officially opens at 11:00 am, but Shelley and Leila looked after us.  Sitting next to the fireplace, looking at the snow-covered Palm Trees outside, and enjoying their Daily Special of hot Vege Soup & Tuna Sandwich, with a cold Canadian pint was simply awesome.  Mike raved about his sandwich and pint of Guinness too.  We bonded some more and acknowledged that it wasn’t a hi-lite DNCB outing, but very enjoyable and a Tuesday morning well-spent.

This Saturday, December 23 (tomorrow) is our Ladner Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Some of us will meet at Petra’s before 8:00 am to do the Tsawwassen area.  Others may wish to meet at the Ladner MacDonald’s Restaurant at 7:30-8:00 am to join others there, including Coordinator Jude Grass, to do sections in Ladner.  Jude would like more volunteers.

There is no DNCB outing on December 26, however, the White Rock/Surrey CBC is Saturday, Dec. 30.

Our next DNCB outing will be Tuesday, January 2 to Tsawwassen Ferry Port and Reifel Bird Sanctuary.

For more info on these outings, and other reports and photos, see our website.  As always, let me know if this weekly drivel annoys you and you want off my List.  Meanwhile, here’s wishing each of you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2018, with the occasional neat bird sighting.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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About dncb

DNS: Delta Naturalists are a group of nature lovers whose aim is to foster interest in the natural history of the Fraser delta by sharing and enjoying nature and promoting environmental awareness and conservation. DNCB: Delta Nats Casual Birders is a group of Casual Birders who go Birding at different locations each week, usually within the Lower Mainland or in nearby Washington State.
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