DNCB Outing No. 2019-42 to Brunswick Point

Nineteen DNCBers braved the windy and cool elements on what turned out to be a very pleasant and productive Tuesday morning outing along the dike trail at Brunswick Point.  We saw lots of migrant waterfowl and shorebirds, and other good stuff; check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.

Some car-pooled from Petra’s at 7:30 am and we all met at 8:00 am at the Ladner River Road entrance to the Brunswick Point trail.  It was overcast, occasionally spitting rain, windy and cold; I was surprised to see so many keeners showing up.  We started our stroll along the trail and had a few sightings, despite being unable to hear any birds because of the wind and, of course, the continuous chatfests.  Lots of sparrows (four species seen Song, White- and Golden-crowned, Fox), finches, and Bushtits flitting in the bushes.  David took the obligatory Group Photo below the dike, out of the wind.


DNCB at Brunswick Point – photo by David Hoar

A bird raced up out of the marsh reeds and Torontonian Brian identified it as a Wilson’s Snipe.  As we scoped the thousands of Snow Geese lined along the water’s edge, a big brown bird cruised by.  Anne is fairly certain it was a Brown Booby; one was seen at Iona last week.  Wish we had better looks at this bird.  Then a Peregrine Falcon cruised by.

As we moved along the trail, the clouds dispersed and the sun began to shine.  The trail got closer to Robert’s Bank and we were able to ID some of the hundreds of Shorebirds feeding in the mud.  Mostly Black-bellied Plovers, with Dunlin, a few Western and Least Sandpipers, and a Pectoral Sandpiper among them.  Roger saw Sanderlings and Killdeer.  The hundreds of ducks were further out,  Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Gadwall and Mallards.  The tide was way out so our scopes were helpful, and required.  A couple of Bald Eagles were posted in the mud flats and several Northern Harriers were cruising above the marsh.

Some DNCBers had some other interesting sightings including a Yellow-rumped Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglets, an American Kestrel.  I enjoyed watching six Western Meadowlarks flitting in the marsh, along with four Northern Flickers, plus the occasional V flypast of small flocks of Snow Geese.  We were blanked on American Bitterns and owls.  David counted 34 species on eBird for this outing see below.

We got back to the vehicles about 11:25 am, good timing for us to go to lunch at Speed’s Pub in Ladner (10, see photo), arriving before the Noon crowd.


Pub gang Speed’s – photo by Tony Mitra

My traditional Fish & Chips Special along with only one pint of 1516 OK Springs Lager was delicious and others were complimentary of their food and Cliff’s superb service.  I was home in time to nibble at Sandra’s To Do List of some 8000 items (slight exaggeration).  It was another awesome DNCB outing.

The 19 brave souls were: Richmond Brian & Louise, Torontonian Brian, returning regulars Jonathan & Lorraine, David & Noreen, Mike B, Chris McV, injured Roger M, Roger Two, Glen B, inimitable ILB Tony, regular late arrivers lovely Germanics Margaretha & Gabriele and directionally-challenged Colin & Wazza, our Guru Anne, and me.

Next Tuesday, October 15, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for Jericho Beach Park.  We’ll park on West 2nd Avenue and meet others nearby.

Check out our website for more info on this and other outings, and reports and photos.

Don’t forget the Delta Candidates Election Debate at 6:30 pm tonight (Thursday) at Kin Village in Tsawwassen, co-sponsored by Delta Nats.

As always, your comments are welcome, and let me know if these weekly missives bore you and you want off my email list.  Cheers, & Happy Thanksgiving: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

Brunswick Point, Delta Oct 8, 2019
34 species (+2 other taxa)

Snow Goose X hundreds
Canada Goose 92
Mallard 42
duck sp. X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Black-bellied Plover 22
Killdeer 2
Dunlin 2
Least Sandpiper 3
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Western Sandpiper 4
Wilson’s Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
California Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
gull sp. X Lots distant
Brown Booby 1 Sighted overhead by several experienced birders. It was flying up river (east) with a strong Westerly wind. No photos but there is one that has been photographed in the area recently (Iona Jetty)
Great Blue Heron 3
Northern Harrier 5
Bald Eagle 4
Northern Flicker 10
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northwestern Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Bushtit 30
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 8
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 2
Fox Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 6
Western Meadowlark 10
Yellow-rumped 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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