DNCB Outing No. 2018-42 to Jericho Beach Park

Check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.

It was a beautiful fall morning, and we had a large turnout for today’s Jericho Beach outing.  From Petra’s, birders Mike 1, driving Lorna and Anne, picked up Roger (me) in east Ladner, while David, Noreen, Glen and Mike 2 travelled together arriving at Jericho 1½ hours later.  Waiting in the parking lot were the remaining members Marion, Margaretha, Gabriele, Brian and Janet making a rare visit, Richmond Brian, Pat, Colin, Roy and Solveig, Kirsten, and Liz.  Nance, who lives nearby, dropped in with her dog to say “Hi” but didn’t stay to bird.

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DNCB at Jericho Beach Park – photo by Roger Meyer

Since no matter which path was taken, and how long it took in rush hour traffic to arrive at Jericho, the consensus of the Delta participants was to eliminate this destination next year, or at least come at a time when there would be more species to observe.

The morning started out fairly quiet with few birds seen until we hit the first pond.  Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were interacting in the trees over the water and seemed to be fighting each other.  Flycatching birds turned out to be Yellow-rumped Warblers and we had many of them at the ponds.  Other birds included a flock of American Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds, some Northern Flickers, and more Ruby-crowneds.  Three duck species were seen in the ponds… Mallards, Wigeon, and one Northern Shoveller.  Leaving the ponds, we headed towards the inlet, but along the brush-covered area on the way, Richmond Brian made the sighting of the day… a Harris’s Sparrow.

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Check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.

The bird seemed unconcerned with the amount of attention we gave it, and posed for our photos.  Anne managed to get a message off to Melissa so the sighting could be posted for others to have an opportunity to see this yearly rarity.  Other species in that area included White-crowned, Fox and Song Sparrows.  For a few moments, we thought we had an owl, but a heron raised it’s head exposing the dark body for what it really was!  Liz observed a hawk, probably a Sharp-shinned, or Cooper’s, being flushed from some bushes and chased away.  The grass field to our west was occupied by a flock of Canada Geese.

Arriving at Jerry’s Cove (Jericho), we observed several Bonaparte’s Gulls, a few Ring-billed, and a few larger species (probably Glaucous-winged), several Double-crested Cormorants, some Horned, and Western Grebes, and a Red-breasted Merganser.

Other species included a posing Belted Kingfisher, several Anna’s Hummingbirds, two Eurasian Collard Doves, and a Bewick’s Wren.

For a full list of species and their numbers, Richmond Brian kindly offered his e-bird entries for today and can be seen at:
https://ebird.org/shared?subID=UzQ5MjM2MTMx&s=t

Having completed our walk, 13 of us decided to enjoy lunch at the Cheshire Cheese Pub on Dunbar, where we can be seen saying “Hi” to our holidaying leader in Australia.  While probably jealous over our wonderful sightings this morning, he counter-attacked with the following:

Wish I was there, but instead I went fishing Tuesday off Rockingham.  Caught 24 Herring (limit), 36 Sand Whiting (delicious, Sandra cooked me a feed), 4 Squid (see photo), and 2 bags of Mussels (actually we paid 20 bucks for them to a deckhand on the Mussel Factory Boat in the Bay next to the farm).  Casino today, and hopefully birding and golfing continue Thursday.  Cheers: Tom

Obviously, he’s bored silly and would gladly trade places with us!

Note:  The trip organizing committee has made a change to next week’s destination:  

Next Tuesday, October 23, our destination will be Reifel Island/Alaksen via the Ferry Terminal Jetty and the TFN LandsWe will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am, stop at the ferry jetty pull-out, look for birds on both sides, and then drive through the TFN lands, stopping at intervals as we see birds.  We will arrive at Reifel for the 9:00 am opening.

by Roger Meyer, filling in for absentee leader Tom Bearss (currently in Oz)

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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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