DNCB Outing No. 2019-15 to Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

About 26 folk spent Wednesday morning on a colourful DNCB outing in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.  Check out the beaut photo evidence of flora and birds on our DNCB Flickr site.

Some left Petra’s at 7:30 am, others came directly to meet at the Pitch & Putt entrance at 8:15 am.  It was a surprisingly smooth and quick drive into town on this overcast cool morning; I arrived with “oldie” DNCBers Rick & Marg before 8:00 am.  Not a lot of birds seen this morning, but the many gardens throughout this former gravel pit were manicured and full of richly gorgeous blossoms and flowers in full Spring bloom.

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DNCB at QE Park – photo by Roger Meyer

Roger took the first of a few Group Photos before we started our circular walk through the trees and gardens.  With such a large diverse group, the chatfests were continual, but we did see a few neat birds. Bushtits and Hummingbirds, both Anna’s and Rufous, were seen frequently.  The more rare sightings were a surprisingly photogenic Hutton’s Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch (4), Yellow-rumped (Audubon) Warblers, Varied Thrushes, and Marion’s spectacular Townsend’s Warbler to end our park visit.  We saw the regular common stuff, flickers, sparrows, finches, ducks in the ponds, etc., but, as normally happens here, the magnificent multi-coloured gardens were the main attraction (see photos).  Richmond Brian counted only 21 species seen today for our DNCB eBird List (see below).

We couldn’t find the resident Barred Owls, and it is too early for Western Tanagers and other Warbler species.  A gardener showed us an active Bushtit nest.  Some relatively-new artistic statues at the lookout near the Arboretum were especially interesting.  The bronze Photographer with a real “doobie” in his mouth amused me.  The “Bridge in the Bowl” and the Love Lock Structure were especially glorious spots to linger and search vainly for birds.  Besides Vancouver Island’s Rick & Marg, others making guest appearances today were nearby residents, Goaltender Everett & Sue, whose constant gibbering had them fitting in perfectly with our group.

We seemed to motor around the park in quicker fashion than our normal visits here.  It was before 11:30 am and we were back at our vehicles; nine of us decided to go to our “regular” Locus restaurant on Main Street.  Fred and his staff did not disappoint as we each ordered nine different lunches, some ordered breakfast, and everyone was pleased.  My Mushroom/Dill Pickle Soup, huge Ham, Cheese, Tomato & Egg Sammy, Salad, and Okanagan Springs 1516 Lager was too filling, but delish.  I wish I had accepted PB Lorna’s offer to share her King Shrimp.

The 26 were: our historians Roger & Mike B, Guru Anne, Boater Mike B2, PB Lorna, Richmond Brian, Aussie Nance, South Surrey’s Wazza & Lynn and Colin & Stephanie, David w/o swimmer Noreen, returnee Gerhard, wayward Marion & Kirsten, Ladner’s Hummingbird Custodians Bryan & Masae, newbies Everett & Sue, founding DNCBers Rick & Marg, Debbie & daughter Kathryn, our Organizer Terry and me. (25: I missed one somewhere?).

Next Wednesday, April 24, leaving Petra’s at 7:00 am, we will meet at 7:30 am at the Peace Arch Park parking lot to car pool to Whidbey Island USA.  See the MAPS & DIRECTIONS page for more detailed info on this all-day “away” outing

As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if you want off my email list to receive these warped records of our weekly wanderings.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society (2:30 am, going to bed)

eBird Checklist Summary for: Apr 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM to Apr 17, 2019 at 7:02 PM
Number of Checklists: 1
Number of Taxa: 21
Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Vancouver–Queen Elizabeth Park
Date: Apr 17, 2019 at 7:46 AM

2 Canada Goose — (1)
10 American Wigeon — (1)
35 Mallard — (1)
3 Anna’s Hummingbird — (1)
2 Rufous Hummingbird — (1)
6 Glaucous-winged Gull — (1)
2 Northern Flicker — (1)
1 Hutton’s Vireo — (1)
15 Northwestern Crow — (1)
12 Black-capped Chickadee — (1)
10 Bushtit — (1)
3 Red-breasted Nuthatch — (1)
1 Brown Creeper — (1)
12 Ruby-crowned Kinglet — (1)
5 American Robin — (1)
1 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) — (1)
2 White-crowned Sparrow — (1)
2 Song Sparrow — (1)
2 Spotted Towhee — (1)
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) — (1)
2 Townsend’s Warbler — (1)

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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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