DNCB Outing No. 2019-40 to Pt. Roberts, USA

Twenty-five DNCBers enjoyed a beautiful Wednesday morning of birding at several locations in Pt. Roberts, USA.  We saw lots of species, several neat and entertaining, at Lighthouse Marine Park, the Marina and Sea Bright Homes complex; check out the massive selection of photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.

Three car loads left Petra’s at 7:30 am, crossed the border smoothly, and met the others around 8:10 am at Lighthouse Marine Park, after a brief stop at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern (to search the shoreline, not drink).  The sun was shining brightly and I was very comfortable in just a tee shirt.  As people arrived, and the chatfest exploded, some scanned the Bay.  Many winter migrants have arrived, and we saw three Grebe species (Horned, Red-necked and Western), three Scoter species (Surf, White-winged and even Black), three Cormorant species (Double-crested, Pelagic and Brandt’s), two Loon species (Common and Pacific) and Caspian Terns.  Noreen took the mandatory Group photo before we walked to the “lighthouse” point.

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DNCB at Lighthouse Marine Park – photo by Noreen Rudd

The scopes were very helpful to focus on some species further out such as Pigeon Guillemots, Marbled Murrelet and the Harbour Porpoises.  Our photogs got flocks of Red-breasted Mergansers and Greater Scaup which I didn’t see.  The tide was not high, nor low, and the shore was rocky.  Some of the resident flock of Black Turnstones were very difficult to spot among the rocks, as was the Killdeer.  Only a few of the Harlequin Ducks were in breeding plumage, and the males were gorgeous.

While watching a flock of gulls feeding, we noticed our Target and Bird of the Day, a Parasitic Jaeger, pursuing the gulls to steal their food.  Then another Jaeger joined in.  It was very entertaining to watch the Jaegers in action, which happened a few times so everyone got good looks.  Humpback Whales were seen here the day before, but we didn’t see any whales this day.

We took the inland trail back to the parking lot.  Big flocks of Cedar Waxwings, House Finches and White-crowned Sparrows cruised among the trees and bushes.  An American Kestrel was a neat sighting.  We saw most of the common birds too, and David’s eBird List below indicates we had 47 species seen.  We had our first warbler here, an Orange-crowned, and a singing Fox Sparrow and Chestnut-backed Chickadee were a bit exciting too.

We left this Park for the south side of the Marina.  Black Oystercatchers, a Belted Kingfisher, and a River Otter eating a fish were the best new sightings at this location.  We continued on to the Sea Bright housing development.  We followed their beautiful trail and steps down the cliff.  Up top, a flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers flitted for our photogs.  Down the steps, more Grebes, Harlies and Cormorants, but no whale spouts, which we were looking for.  I felt like sun bathing on the beach as it was so nice and warm.

It was nearly 12:30 pm when we left here for the cheap gas, then the smooth Border crossing, to the Rose & Crown Pub in Tsawwassen for lunch.  Lovely Leila served us, the “Fantastic Five” (see Tony’s photo), the Lunch Specials, mine was Roast Beef on a Bun with a Meat & Veggie Soup, of course with a pint of draught Canadian.


DNCB at Rose & Crown – photo by Tony Mitra

I was home in time to join Sandra and Auntie Barbara at granddaughter Juliette’s Gymnastics Class.  It was another awesome DNCB day.

The 25 were: our Organizer Terry C, our Gurus Anne & Roger (I’ve promoted Roger for no good reason), our Flickr Guru Glen B, South Surrey couples Colin & Stephanie and Wazza & Lynne with Beatrice, other photogs Richmond Brian, Pat S with newbie David D, ILB Tony M, David & Noreen, New Yorkers Carolyn & Chief Bill, visiting Torontonian Brian R, VanCity Lidia, Boundary Bay Val, North Delta Jean, time-challenged Germanics Margaretha & Gabriele, our historian Mike B and me.

Next Tuesday (yes Tuesday), October 1, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for the White Rock pier around 8 am, then Blackie Spit Park.

Also, don’t forget our monthly Delta Nats meeting that same evening at 7:30 pm at the Benediction Lutheran Church in Tsawwassen.  Ron Long will be presenting on his adventures at nature parks in Botswana and Namibia.  All welcome, and free.

Get more info on this event, our outings, reports and photos on our website.  As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if this verbal diarrhea annoys you and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

Lighthouse Marine Park, Point Roberts
25-Sep-2019; 38 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 11
Greater Scaup X
Harlequin Duck 7
Surf Scoter 6
White-winged Scoter 18
Black Scoter 1
Long-tailed Duck 2
Western Grebe 4
Anna’s Hummingbird 2
Killdeer 2
Black Turnstone 6
Parasitic Jaeger 2
Mew Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 4
California Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 9
gull sp. X
Caspian Tern 3
Pacific Loon 1
Common Loon 4
Pelagic Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Great Blue Heron 4
Northern Flicker 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northwestern Crow 29
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 23
House Finch 17
American Goldfinch 30
Fox Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 4
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 3
Spotted Towhee 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 2

South Beach, Point Roberts
25-Sep-2019; 15 species (+1 other taxa)

Horned Grebe 3
Red-necked Grebe 1
Black Oystercatcher 3
Black Turnstone 33
Pigeon Guillemot 3
Marbled Murrelet 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 4
gull sp. X
Caspian Tern 2
Common Loon 1
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
House Finch 5
Fox Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1

Seabright Farm, Point Roberts
25-Sep-2019; 21 species

Harlequin Duck 7
Surf Scoter 2
Horned Grebe 3
Red-necked Grebe 1
Mew Gull 2
Ring-billed Gull 2
Pacific Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Brandt’s Cormorant 3
Pelagic Cormorant 4
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker 3
American Kestrel 1
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Dark-eyed Junco 6
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6

TOTAL 47 Species

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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