Ten DNCBers braved the elements on Tuesday for an outing to Brunswick Point in Ladner, where we saw 26 species. Check out the photos on our DNCB Flickr site.
We left Tsawwassen at 7:30 in light rain. And it was still only rain when we returned to Tsawwassen. However for our 2 hours at Brunswick Point it was snowing and very cold. Our leader, Tom, is in Ontario with cold weather but no snow.
We saw several ducks along the way, including Bufflehead, American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal and Red-breasted Mergansers. There were thousands of Snow Geese offshore, some Trumpeter Swans and one Brant. We saw several Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, Double-crested Cormorants, Northern Flickers and Great Blue Herons. A murmuration of thousands of Dunlin was a spectacular sight. Two Wilson’s Snipe appeared briefly. Two Western Meadowlarks were moving around in the fields. As the snow/sleet was getting heavier and we were getting colder, we turned around sooner than we usually do. Just before reaching the cars we were entertained by 3 Peregrine Falcons in one tree.
Since the tide was high we were hoping to see Virginia Rails. But they did not appear. We were also blanked on the Short-eared Owls that we usually see here.
At 10am, all ten of us drove in a blizzard to the Skyhawk Restaurant at Boundary Bay Airport where we got warmed up with coffee and breakfast. The ten were Pat, Margaretha, Colin, Warren, David, Noreen, Glen, Anne, Mike and me (Terry). When we left the restaurant the cars were covered with snow and the roads had several more inches as well.
Next Tuesday, February 11, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30am for an outing to Serpentine Fen, Surrey Lake and possibly the small pond at Cloverdale Youth Park (176th St just south of 64th Ave) where Redheads have been seen recently. Meet at Serpentine Fen at 8am. NOTE the 44th Ave parking lot is CLOSED permanently. Meet at the parking lot on King George Blvd, 600m north of Art Knapp, just south of the bridge, west side of King George Blvd, (access is easier from the north).
Also on Tuesday, February 11, there will be a (rescheduled) DNS monthly meeting (cancelled Feb 4 because of snow). Feb. 4 featured speaker Martin Gregus is not available that day, but our very own Delta Nats. member, Alan Stewart will give us a presentation on his adventures, Canoeing and Birding in Saskatchewan. Northern Saskatchewan is rich in waterways and lakes and harbours some species which we do not see here. Come and share in learning something more about this country we call Canada.
Report by Terry Carr (Tom is in Ontario)