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Just after dawn on a chilly morning, 19 Delta Nat’s birders arrived at Boundary Bay and 104 St. All of us had found our warm mitts and taken extra jackets so we were snug and warm as we headed east from 104 St.
Our first good sighting of the day was found by Roger 1, who spotted a Blue Goose in a very large flock of Snow Geese. Several Bald Eagles were hunting on the edges of the field where they were grazing. Of course, this caused the flock to take flight several times giving everyone great views of these beautiful geese. On the bay side of the dike we could see hundreds of ducks, mostly Pintails and thousands of Dunlin. The huge Dunlin flocks once again displayed their amazing ability of both graceful and perfectly coordinated flight. Mixed in with the Dunlin flocks were small numbers of Black-bellied Plovers.
Besides the eagles, a Merlin, a Peregrine and a Northern Harrier were also seen. Several people also reported seeing a Wilson’s Snipe and a Northern Shrike. As we headed west, the rising tide quickly reached the dike driving the shorebirds to seek whatever bit of land they could find along the shoreline.
Quite a number of birds were spotted as we scattered along the dike. They included a Fox Sparrow, some White-crowned Sparrows, a Western Meadowlark, Black-capped Chickadees and several Golden-crowned Kinglets. Probably the most prized sighting was the Palm Warbler that most of us were able to see flitting about among the bushes. A small flock of Canada Geese landed in the farm field where several Great Blue Herons were stalking prey. We also observed the usual birds we can find here, such as Northern Flickers, American Robins and House Finch.
We then headed to 72 St where a Long-eared Owl had been reported. It is always a delight to see these beautiful owls tucked away inside the bushes.
Glen photographed a bird which he later identified (and Anne confirmed) as a Swamp Sparrow.
We then headed off down the dike with its several ‘corners’ to reach the ponds near
64 St. On our way, we were able to get a great view of a Rough-legged Hawk as it hovered over the marsh. In the ponds, we found a Pied-billed Grebe, Eurasian Wigeon, several Gadwalls and quite a number of American Wigeon. We managed to catch good views of several brilliant plumaged Yellow-rumped Warblers, both Myrtle and Audubon, as they hopped about in the trees. We managed a few quick looks at a lovely bright yellow Wilson’s Warbler as well a Spotted Towhee and a Marsh Wren. There was also a Ring-necked Pheasant that was observed close the parking area.
The group included: Glen, Patrick, Roger 1, Pat, Chris, Roger 2, Mike 1 & 2, Margaretha, Lidia, Gabriele, Terry, Brian, David, Johnny, Noreen, Richard and myself (Jean). Apologies to anyone I missed, it only proves that my memory is not as good as Tom’s or Roger’s. Our morning was particularly birdy, and, as always, congenial and enjoyable.
Report by Jean Gartner
Next Tuesday, November 20 we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for an outing to Reifel Bird Sanctuary, via Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal & TFN lands. Meet at Reifel parking lot at opening time 9 am.