About 25 DNCBers enjoyed another beautiful, and productive, Wednesday morning at Iona Regional Park. Check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.
Some left Petra’s at 7:30 am and met me and others at 8:15 am at the Iona parking lot. Some hi-lites of the walk included: meeting some neat Toronto visitors and other newbies, watching the Wild Research bird banders in operation, and seeing warblers and sparrows really up-close-and-personal, wandering the sewage ponds and identifying several shorebird and duck species. Lunch at the Flying Beaver was apparently a real treat with Marilyn Monroe as the waitress (I missed lunch as I had my first Wednesday Noon Hockey).
Some Sightings in no particular order included: either Willow Flycatcher or Western Wood-Pewee, Warblers (Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, some with leg bands), Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Long-billed Dowitchers, lots of Pectoral Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, flock of Peeps (Westerns?), Ducks (Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Mallards), American Coots, Common Loon, Sparrows (Fox, Song, White-crowned, Savannah, Lincoln’s), Finches (House, American Goldfinch), Gulls (California, Ring-billed, Glaucous-winged), Marsh Wrens, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Raptors (Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier), Northern Flicker & Downy Woodpecker, Caspian Terns, Barn & Tree Swallows and perhaps a lingering Purple Martin, Pine Siskins(?). We saw other stuff, but I forget, and I don’t mention common stuff like Red-winged Blackbirds, Towhees, Herons, Crows, Cormorants, Starlings, Doves. Peter C had Western Meadowlarks and Lapland Longspur on the jetty.
The 25 were: Terry, Roger & Mikie B, Guru Anne M, Richmond Brian & Louise, newbie Richmonders Paul & Carol R, Langley Bob McC, Bird Box Team Chris McV & Jim K & Mike B2, Roy (Thanks for carrying Scope) & Solveig, Kirsten W, time-challenged Margaretha & Gabriele, reliable David & Noreen, North Deltan Pat (w/o sister Maureen), North Van Richard H, and newbie Toronto visitor Brian & his Vancouver sister Mavis, and me.
There was lots of neat chatter; we got back to the parking lot around 11:30 am when some went home, some continued birding, some went to the Flying Beaver, and I went to hockey. A grand DNCB outing.
Next Wednesday, Sept. 26, some will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for the White Rock Pier (free parking until 10:00 am). Plan is to meet at the pier at 8:15 am, walk the pier, then drive to Blackie Spit Park around 10:00. Time permitting after Blackie Spit, may go to Elgin Park or directly to lunch (Townhall Pub?).
In October – starting October 2 – DNCB Outings will be on TUESDAYS, except for quarterly Birds-On-The-Bay Outings, which, as always, will be on Wednesdays.
I have minor surgery on Wednesday morning, so Roger will provide his legendary anecdotal leadership. Also, Sandra and I leave Friday night for Western Australia to visit friends and relies, so other DNCBers will be authoring these reporting gems on the weekly outings which you can access on our website. We return on December 11 for granddaughter’s birthday on the 13th, and Christmas.
Apologies for tardiness of this report, but I have been in Kelowna at BC Nature’s Fall conference, plus cleaning nest boxes at Kings Links Golf Course, playing golf & hockey, grandparent DayCare, etc. We have a pretty good life eh?
As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if these missives are far too annoying and you want off my email list. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society