DNCB Report No. 2019-43 to Jericho Beach Park

Twenty-four DNCBers wandered around Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver on an overcast, but dry Tuesday morning.  We had a few neat sightings, lots of post-Thanksgiving chats, and a delightful lunch.  Check out the photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.

We (12) car-pooled nicely in three vehicles from Petra’s around 7:30 am.  Traffic was fine through the tunnel, but Oak Street Bridge was horrendous.  I followed Magellan Roger and, predictably, our shortcuts through Dunbar and almost every side street in Vancouver got us to Jericho Beach surprisingly only 15 minutes after everyone else (~8:40 am).  The masses were waiting, and Terry had organized our free parking on a side street.  Noreen took our first Group Photo here before we walked to the beach.

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DNCB at Jericho Beach – the on-time gang – photo by Noreen Rudd

The beach was quiet, water calm and flat, and the view across English Bay to downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the mountains in the background was spectacular, despite being overcast.

Two Bufflehead, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, and both Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants were the bird attractions on the Bay, among the many anchored Freighters.  Then we walked around the ponds in the park.  Of note, we saw Kinglets, both Ruby- and Golden-crowned, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pacific Wren, American Goldfinches, five Sparrow species (Savannah, Song, White- & Golden-crowned, and Fox), Anna’s Hummingbird, Bushtits, Downy Woodpecker, plus other regular common birds.  A lone juvenile Snow Goose circled over our heads and landed in a pond, pleasing our photogs.  No other rarities in the ponds, only Mallards, American Wigeon and Great Blue Herons.  Lots of wild (domestic) Rabbits around.  David reported 34 species on his eBird list for the day.

We walked out the Jericho Pier to see the fishermen.  They periodically pulled in their Crab Traps, which always contained Crabs, but all too small for keeping while we were there.  A Harbour Seal was entertaining, seeking photogs attention.  The walk back to the vehicles, via the treed area (including Redwoods, Big Leaf Maple) on the other side of the ponds produced many of the afore-mentioned bird species.  Terry was fascinated by the recent activity of the resident Beaver.  We got back to the vehicles around 11:10 am and, after Noreen took the Group Photo of all 23 of us,

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DNCB at Jericho Beach Park – including latecomers – – photo by Noreen Rudd

and wanting to avoid the predicted Noon rainfall, we decided to go for early lunch at Aphrodite’s Organic Café & Pie Shop on 4h Avenue (Terry’s choice for the desserts).

My organic stuffed French Toast with fresh fruits on the side, along with an “okay” organic Honey Ale (no lagers on Tap), was huge and delicious.  The service was excellent too, but the 18% automatic gratuity for a large group (12) pissed off a number of us.  I was happy as my Aussie guests Graham & Merrelyn picked up my bill.  The drive home in light rain was smooth and uneventful (1:30 pm).  Another super DNCB outing.

We 24 were: Short-cut Roger, Mike B, PB Lorna, David & Noreen, Jonathan & Lorraine, South Surrey Warren (Wazza) & Lynne and Colin, VanCity Kirstin, Ladner Pam, newbie/returnee Janet H, Torontonian Brian R & Cindy C, Richmond Brian, Glen B, our lovable Germanics Margaretha & Gabriele, Gerhard L, visiting West Australians Graham & Merrelyn, our Organizer and pie-lover Terry C,  and me.

Next Tuesday, October 22, is a local outing to Reifel Bird Sanctuary, meeting at the entrance shortly after 9:00 am.  We’ll leave Petra’s at 7:30 am and visit the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal first.

Also, on Sunday, October 20, Delta Nats will be exhibiting in the Welcome Back the Birds event at Harris Barn in Ladner, 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  Please join us at this free family event.

See our website for more info on these events, other reports and photos.  As always, your comments are welcome, and let me know if this weekly propaganda is annoying and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society (timely report for a change, playing hockey tomorrow)

Vancouver–Jericho Park Oct 15, 2019
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  1
Canada Goose  20
American Wigeon  44
Mallard  19
Bufflehead  2
Horned Grebe  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Ring-billed Gull  16
Glaucous-winged Gull  2
Pelagic Cormorant  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
cormorant sp.  55
Great Blue Heron  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Northwestern Crow  21
Black-capped Chickadee  17
Bushtit  15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  9
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Pacific Wren  2
Bewick’s Wren  1
American Robin  3
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  15
Fox Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  8
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  14
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
Spotted Towhee  8
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Orange-crowned 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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