DNCB Outing No. 2019-17 to UBC Botanical Gardens

Twenty-three DNCBers enjoyed another gorgeous Wednesday morning at UBC’s Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.  Check out the spectacular photos of the flowers, blossoms, people, and birds on our DNCB Flickr site.  Photogs are Terry, Chris, Jim and newbie Kathryn, with hopefully other participants posting their photos.

Some left Petra’s at 7:30 am, drove smoothly to UBC, and we all met at the Botanical Gardens entrance around 8:30 am.  We were fortunate to have two awesome expert Leaders, Garden Volunteers Nat Debbi Hlady and Bev Ramey.  It was a mild and sunny morning as Jim K took the first Group Photo at the entrance as we posed under a 7 million year old Tree species.

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DNCB at UBC Botanical Gardens – photo by Jim Kneesch

Debbi and Bev led us first along the newly restored (since last year) lower Asian Way trails.  The trails were super smooth and the gardens were manicured and spectacular.  Many of the over 500 Rhododendron species (yes 500) in the Gardens were in beautiful bloom.  We didn’t see a lot of birds; Brian recorded 36 species seen there today (see list below).  I missed seeing most of the warblers (Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, Wilson’s) and Lincoln’s and Chipping Sparrows that others saw, but I was really stoked by the colourful blossoms and flowers, and the Rufous and Anna’s Hummingbirds iridescent displays.  The resident Barred Owl made a nice fly-past.

We also met entertaining and worldly Ian who built the Canopy Walk in the Gardens.  Many of us bravely wobbled our way through the tree tops on the swaying, scarily-safe, rope & wire bridges.  We didn’t see any birds (concentrating too much on avoiding falling), but it was a fun new adventure for us DNCBers.

After the Canopy Walk, we took the tunnel under the road to the upper part of the Gardens and the medicinal, cactus, and other neat gardens.  Some saw a Cooper’s Hawk, and seeing both Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets and Hutton’s Vireo was nice.  With 23 participants, many of whom were first time visitors to the Gardens, meant that the chatter was monstrous, and not discouraged on our outings.  I heard numerous superlatives as the Gardens were spectacular this outing, which was later in the Spring than our other annual visits when we often experienced rain and fewer things in bloom.

We finished back at the entrance around 11:30 am and nine of us went to the Milltown Pub on the Fraser River.  The Cod and Chips were decent and two pints of Sapporo draught hit the spot.  I tried in vain to stay awake on the way home in the car with Ladner Jack Mac.  Another fantastic DNCB outing.

We 23 were: leaders Debbi H with daughter keen-eyed Kathryn M and our Godmother Bev R, eBirder Richmond Brian, our Guru Anne M, Marion & Kirsten, Ladner Jack Mac, the now-regular South Surrey couples Wazza & Lynne and Colin & Stephanie, Chris McV who chauffeured six in Margaretha’s van including PB Lorna, Mike B & Mike B2 & Jim K, North Van Richard H, Boundary Bay Valerie, our Organizer Terry C, Vancouver rabble-rouser Stephen P, and me.

Next Wednesday, May 8, will be a local outing, leaving Petra’s at 7:30 am for the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal, then driving to Reifel Bird Sanctuary, where we plan to meet others around 9:15 am.

For more info on our outings, plus other reports, photos and Club info, visit our website.

And don’t forget our Nats monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 pm at the Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen.  Krista De Groot will give a presentation on Bird Collisions with Glass, Causes and Solutions.

This report is very late because I have been in Duncan on Vancouver Island since Thursday participating in the BC Nature AGM and Conference (plus playing golf).  As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if these weekly missives bore you and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

eBird Checklist Summary for: May 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM to May 1, 2019 at 7:02 PM

Number of Checklists: 1   Number of Taxa: 35
Checklists included in this summary:
(1): UBC Botanical Garden
Date: May 1, 2019 at 8:17 AM

3 Eurasian Collared-Dove — (1)
2 Anna’s Hummingbird — (1)
3 Rufous Hummingbird — (1)
1 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) — (1)
1 Cooper’s Hawk — (1)
3 Bald Eagle — (1)
1 Barred Owl — (1)
6 Northern Flicker — (1)
2 Hutton’s Vireo — (1)
6 Northwestern Crow — (1)
3 Common Raven — (1)
X Tree Swallow — (1)
2 Barn Swallow — (1)
3 Black-capped Chickadee — (1)
5 Bushtit — (1)
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch — (1)
2 Pacific Wren — (1)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet — (1)
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet — (1)
10 American Robin — (1)
5 European Starling — (1)
6 House Finch — (1)
4 Pine Siskin — (1)
9 American Goldfinch — (1)
1 Chipping Sparrow — (1)
8 White-crowned Sparrow — (1)
3 Golden-crowned Sparrow — (1)
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow — (1)
6 Spotted Towhee — (1)
3 Red-winged Blackbird — (1)
2 Orange-crowned Warbler — (1)
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler — (1)
1 Black-throated Gray Warbler — (1)
1 Townsend’s Warbler — (1)
1 Wilson’s Warbler — (1)

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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