DNCB Outing No. 2019-21 to Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam

Seventeen DNCBers enjoyed a somewhat strenuous hike on a beautiful Wednesday morning through the woods of Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam.  And we saw some neat species too; check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site. Note: previous problems with DNCB Flickr site appear to have been resolved!! as of May 30, 2019

At 7:30 am, eleven of us car-pooled brilliantly in three vehicles from Petra’s, arriving at the Lodge about 8:45 am.  Birds were singing all around us, but the first major attraction was the resident pair of Sandhill Cranes with their Colt hanging around the beaver lodge just below the Lookout.  We did our usual introductory pleasantries, introduced the three young-eyed Nature Trust ladies, and Roger took the first obligatory Group Photo.

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DNCB at Minnekhada – photo by Roger Meyer

We started our walk along the Fern Trail toward the Low Knoll Lookout.  Nature Trust Sammy pointed out a few of the several Fern species along this trail (e.g. Sword Fern, one of 9000 species world-wide).  Evidence of Pileated Woodpeckers was everywhere, but we didn’t see one.  And birds were calling and singing everywhere; we had the usual inane discussion that “elderly deaf people” have trying to identify these sounds.  Here’s a list of the birds “heard”: Warblers – Wilson’s, Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, Common Yellowthroat (seen), Swainson’s Thrush, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Pacific & Marsh Wrens, Spotted Sandpiper.  Some beauties we “saw” included: Western Tanagers, Black-headed Grosbeaks (sitting on a nest), American Goldfinches, Brown Creeper, Downy Woodpeckers, Steller’s Jays, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Anna’s & Rufous Hummingbirds.  We were blanked on the Red-breasted Sapsucker, although lots of evidence of them on tree trunks.  Richmond Brian recorded 30 species on his eBird List of the outing (see list below).

At the Low Knoll Lookout, the view was spectacular, with a Mourning Dove posing, and Jim took another Group Photo.

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16 DNCB at Low Knoll Lookout – photo by Jim Kneesch (not in photo)

We continued down along the Mid-Marsh Trail and found several species of Waterfowl in both the Upper and Lower Marshes, including Bufflehead, Wood Ducks, Gadwall, families of Mallards and Canada Geese, and lots of Red Slider Turtles.  Tree Swallows were entertaining, entering and exiting their nest boxes.  Although several passers-by said they saw Black Bears, this is our first outing to Minnekhada where we didn’t actually see one.

We took the Lodge Trail back to the Lodge, and being 11:45 am, we decided to end the outing and go for lunch at the Meridian Arms Pub in Port Coquitlam.  Lara and Jenny looked after the twelve of us (see photo) and my Pub Special of Steak & Spaghetti with two pints of Red Racer Lager was outstanding.  Others agreed, and the all-important cost for us pensioners was very reasonable.  The police incident with the druggies in the parking lot didn’t bother us, and the Mike & Roger historical guided drive back to Tsawwassen was almost scintillating.  After performing the seemingly daily Varage (local on-line garage sale) pick-up & delivery for daughter Erica, I was home in time to plant and hang red Geraniums for Sandra.  It was another awesome DNCB outing day.

The seventeen were: Mike drove Roger, PB Lorna & me, David & Noreen had BB Valerie, Chris drove Jim K, Glen, & Mike B2, loners were Richmond Brian, keen-eared Kirsten, VanCity Lidia, and Ladner Sammy brought her two Nature Trust students Becca & Carolina.

Next Wednesday, May 29, we’ll leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club in Surrey, meeting at the Little Campbell River Hatchery at 8:30 am.

For details on this and other outings, reports and photos, see our website.  As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if these annoying weekly missives incite your removal from my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

Brian Avent’s eBird Checklist Summary
Number of Checklists: 1, Number of Taxa: 30
Minnekhada Regional Park
Date: May 22, 2019 at 8:24 AM

12 Canada Goose — (1)
4 Wood Duck — (1)
2 Gadwall — (1)
12 Mallard — (1)
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) — (1)
1 Mourning Dove — (1)
1 Anna’s Hummingbird — (1)
3 Sandhill Crane — (1)
1 Bald Eagle — (1)
1 Hairy Woodpecker — (1)
X Pacific-slope Flycatcher — (1)
2 Steller’s Jay (Coastal) — (1)
X Tree Swallow — (1)
2 Chestnut-backed Chickadee — (1)
1 Brown Creeper — (1)
2 Pacific Wren — (1)
1 Marsh Wren — (1)
2 Swainson’s Thrush — (1)
6 American Robin — (1)
1 House Finch — (1)
1 American Goldfinch — (1)
1 Dark-eyed Junco — (1)
1 Song Sparrow — (1)
3 Spotted Towhee — (1)
1 Orange-crowned Warbler — (1)
4 Common Yellowthroat — (1)
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler — (1)
2 Wilson’s Warbler — (1)
2 Western Tanager — (1)
1 Black-headed Grosbeak — (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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