DNCB Outing No. 2019-48 to Stanley Park

Twenty-four DNCBers enjoyed a mild, sunny, and productive, Tuesday morning at Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver.  We got lots of up-close-and-personal looks at some neat species; check out the amazing photo, and video, evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.

Some car-pooled from Petra’s at 7:30 am, others drove directly to the Second Beach parking lot.  Either way, it was a horrendous drive through the tunnel and onto Oak Street bridge, then it got a bit better through the city, but still very very slow.  It was after 9:00 am, when a seawall path walker took our Group Photo with 21 of the 24 participants.


DNCB at Stanley Park – photo by David Hoar

There were lots of Barrow’s, and a few Common Goldeneye in beaut plumage in English Bay.  A raft of Surf Scoters, some Bufflehead, a Horned Grebe were there too.  Bufflehead and American Wigeon were even diving/feeding in the swimming pool.

We decided to forego walking along the seawall and go directly into the park toward Lost Lagoon.  Tonnes of little birds everywhere in the trees and bushes along the path, including both Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees eating from Roger’s hand.  Both Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Bewick’s and Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Spotted Towhees, Fox and Song Sparrows were seen too.  Numerous pairs of glorious Wood Ducks and the almost-as-brilliant Hooded Mergansers were sparkling.  Even the “drying” Double-crested Cormorants were attractive.  Some saw three of the resident River Otters and the Beaver too.  A Pied-billed Grebe, a Eurasian Wigeon among the Americans, and a Peregrine Falcon flypast, were neat sightings as well in the lagoon. David recorded 36 species on our eBird list for the morning.

We leisurely circled the Lagoon and, as expected, the huge and chatty group got spread out. We gathered back at the swimming pool at 10:45 am, and decided to check out Beaver Lake before lunch.  We convoyed there, walked the kilometre trail around the lake, and were blanked on our target bird, Red-naped Sapsucker (gone south).  Glen and others were very pleased with the mushroom sightings.  We saw Northern Flickers and Downy Woodpeckers, but not much else, other than some friendly Steller’s Jays and more Mallards, Wigeons and Wood Ducks in the lake.  Now approaching Noon, we (11) decided to try out the new Stanley Park Brew Pub (formerly the Fish House) for lunch.

A Mahonia Bush outside the Brew Pub attracted about six Anna’s Hummingbirds which entertained our photogs before lunch.  Several DNCBers tried the different beers on tap, and one of the four beers in Jack’s sampler Flight, was described as horse sh.t.  My Cheeseburger, Fries, and pint of the Day Trip Lager were all very tasty.  It was a very enjoyable lunch and outing, but got tarnished by the $40 parking ticket on my windshield.  Someone “cheaped out” on purchasing a day ticket.

The 24 were: Organizer Terry, “Bird Whisperer” Roger, Mushroom Guru Glen, time-challenged, continuously positive & smiling Germanics Margaretha & Gabriele, directionally-challenged ILB Tony, Richmond Brian & Louise, New West Jonathan & Lorraine, Newbies Beach Grove Jeremy & North Van Jill, Burnaby Marion & VanCity Kirsten, TTFN David H w/o Noreen, Aussie Nance, Ladner Pam, Keener Janet, Spotter Debbi, Bird Box Team Jim & Jack,  North Delta Pat, West Van Lori and me.

Next Tuesday, November 26, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am on our outing to Blaine, Washington, around Drayton Harbour and Semiahmoo State Park.  We’ll meet and carpool from the Peace Arch Park parking lot behind the Duty-Free shop at 8:00 am.

For more info on this and other outings, reports and photos, see our website.

As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if this weekly inane drivel annoys you and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society (leaving tomorrow/Thursday for 4 days in Palm Springs to celebrate Sandra’s 70th Birthday)

Stanley Park – Lost Lagoon, 19-Nov-2019
34 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 29
Wood Duck 36
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 54
Mallard 49
Green-winged Teal (American) 3
Surf Scoter 60
Bufflehead 11
Common Goldeneye 3
Barrow’s Goldeneye 80
Hooded Merganser 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 4
Ring-billed Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 4
gull sp. 2
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Blue Heron  4
Bald Eagle  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Steller’s Jay  1
Northwestern Crow  29
Black-capped Chickadee  14
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Brown Creeper  1
Pacific Wren  1
Bewick’s Wren  2
Fox Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  15
Spotted Towhee  10

Stanley Park–Beaver Lake 19-Nov-2019
9 species
Wood Duck  16
Mallard  24
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Bald Eagle  2
Steller’s Jay  4
Common Raven  1
Pacific Wren  1
Song Sparrow  3
Spotted Towhee  3

Stanley Park–tennis courts and heron colony 19-Nov-2019
Mahonia bush beside the Brew Pub
3 species
Anna’s Hummingbird  5
Northwestern Crow  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1

Species Total 36

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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