DNCB Outing Report 2019-50 to Terra Nova Park, Richmond

Lucky thirteen DNCBers enjoyed a dry, productive and enjoyable Tuesday morning of birding at Terra Nova Park in Richmond.  David recorded 37 species seen (see his eBird list below.)  Check out the brilliant photo evidence on our DNCB Flickr site.

Some car-pooled from Petra’s at 7:30 am and we all met at the dyke trail parking lot entrance to the Park.  The weather forecast was for rain which accounted for only 13 brave souls showing up.  It was a very manageable number and occasionally the chatfests were almost interesting.

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DNCB at Terra Nova Park – photo by Noreen Rudd

We heard a Marsh Wren in the reeds, the first of three Wren species; we got great looks at both Pacific and Bewick’s Wrens later.  As we looked across the Fraser at the airport, American Wigeons, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Mallards, and Double-crested Cormorants were the only species lounging along the shoreline.

Terra Nova Park has changed since my last visit with lots of play structures for kids, trails nicely groomed, and interesting and informative signage.  From the stream bridge we found an American Coot and a Eurasian Wigeon (on closer examination was actually a hybrid American-Eurasian bird).  Lots of little birds flitting around; we got the regular four Sparrows (Song, Fox, Golden- and White-crowned), three Finches (House, Purple and a large flock (15+) of American Goldfinches), both Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and a Brown Creeper.  I saw four Pine Siskins, and the Downy Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers are always neat to see.

Walking through the Community Gardens, Anna’s Hummingbirds were playing, and we saw the first of several hawk/raptor species, a Cooper’s Hawk.  Later we saw Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, a Short-eared Owl, of course several Bald Eagles, and Marti saw a Peregrine Falcon.  It was cool and overcast, but no rain, and quite comfortable as we walked along the shore path as well as the circuit trail passed Quilchena Golf Course and the homes.  A huge flock of Snow Geese (3000+) floating near shore aroused the usual gasps.  We found several Barn Owl pellets but didn’t see any BO’s.  I’ve been told that the nest boxes in Terra Nova are very successfully used by breeding pairs.

Passing the new potential Wildflower Garden and the Bee Kiosk, we got back to the vehicles around 11:30 am.  Perfect timing for us to get to O’Hare’s Pub on Steveston Highway by Noon.  Nine of us had a super lunch; my Classic Burger with a pint of their House Lager hit the spot.  I drove Terry to my mechanic’s shop to pick up my Range Rover with new front brake pads (I was pleased it only cost $380), and we got Terry home in Tsawwassen by 1:30 pm.  Another awesome DNCB outing, followed in the evening by a sensational Nats Christmas meeting and presentation by David & Noreen on their Southern Africa Adventures.

The 13 were: our “leader” Richmond Brian, Organizer Terry, David & Noreen, Glen B, both Roger M & Roger K, Mike B, Johnny Mac, the three “girls” Marion, Marti & Jean, and me.

Next Wednesday, December 11 (not Tuesday), is our quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park.  We meet at and leave from historic Cammidge House at 9:00 am on a 2 ½ hour amble through the park, returning to Cammidge House at 11:30 am, and home-made goodies provided by our Delta Nats Ladies.

For more info on this outing, and other reports, events and photos, see our website.  As always, your comments are welcome, and let me know if this weekly verbal diarrhea gives you grief and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

Richmond–Terra Nova 3-Dec-2019
37 species (+1 other taxa)
Snow Goose X Thousands on distant shore
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 135
Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) 1 Greenish extending behind the eye on bird in lower left of photo.  Not typical Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard 16
Green-winged Teal 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
Anna’s Hummingbird 2
American Coot 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Short-eared Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northwestern Crow 30
Black-capped Chickadee 13
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Brown Creeper 1
Pacific Wren 2
Bewick’s Wren 1
European Starling 7
American Robin 11
House Finch 20
Purple Finch 1
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 14
Fox Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 8
Golden-crowned Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 11
Spotted Towhee 9

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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