DNCB – Small Group Birding

COVID response measures mean that we cannot have large group outings. The last official DNCB Outing was on 10 March 2020 (2020-10 to Iona Regional Park).

Here is a summary of some individual and small group outings since then (with Flickr photo links). We will continue to add to this list. Some people are adding photos to the group Flickr site. (Flickr)

  • 20-Dec-2020  The Ladner Christmas Bird Count, which also includes Tsawwassen, Point Roberts and south Richmond was held on Sunday December 20. The preliminary total is 125 species. Highlights were a Northern Mockingbird at Reifel and a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Richmond. The Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between December 14 and January 5. Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. It was very different this year with covid safety measures. Several groups of 1 or 2 people covered small areas. The area of Tsawwassen east of 56th had 84 species. That included 1 Great Horned Owl at Beach Grove Park, 2 Short-eared Owls at Centennial Beach, 35 Bald Eagles, 16 Northern Harriers, 6 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 Cooper’s Hawks, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 3 Peregrines, 1 Merlin, 1 Northern Shrike, 307 Brant, 400 White-winged Scoters, 83 Surf Scoters, 14 Black Scoters, 11 Common Loons, 2 Pacific Loons, 2 Red-throated Loons, 27 Horned Grebes, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 29 Great Blue Herons, 1280 Dunlin, 685 Sanderling, 80 Black-bellied Plover, 250 Yellowlegs, 9 Dowitchers, 50 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 25 Northern Flickers, 87 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 307 Pine Siskins, 75 Bushtits, 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 55 Robins, 1 Varied Thrush, 1 Western Meadowlark, 3 Red Crossbills. At the golf course ponds were Kingfisher, Pied-billed Grebe, Mallards, Wigeon, Hooded Mergansers, Northern Shovelers, Bufflehead and Ring-necked Ducks. (Flickr).
  • 4-Dec-2020 to Stanley Park, 2 people walked along the seawall from Second Beach to Third Beach. There were many Barrow’s Goldeneye and Surf Scoters. An Osprey did a neat dive. Horned Grebes were catching fish. (Flickr).
  • 2-Dec-2020 to Brunswick Point & Ladner Harbour Park, 2 people. Jim K and Chris McV went out for a brilliant day to Brunswick Point. So many raptors and such blue sky…… We saw Bald Eagles, five Short-eared Owls, a Merlin and three Rough-legged Hawks together with a number of other species. After a birding lunch at Speeds we went to Ladner Harbour Park in search of the Jays. We gave up searching for the Jays and were heading out when we saw Marion by the side of the road. She pointed to the California Scrub Jay, which was so close. (Flickr)
  • 29-Nov-2020 to Brunswick Point, 2 people. Sightings included Short-eared Owls, Cooper’s Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Shrike and Mountain Bluebird. (Flickr)
  • 28-Nov-2020 to Brunswick Point, 1 person. The sun was out, almost too bright, and the birds were very cooperative – especially one Short-eared Owl and one Rough-legged Hawk. (Flickr)
  • 21-Nov-2020 to White Rock Pier, 2 people. Sightings included loons, grebes, scoters, goldeneye, bufflehead and mergansers. (Flickr)
  • 14 and 15-Nov-2020 to Ladner Harbour Park and Blackie Spit, 1 person. Two attempts to locate the California Scrub-jay. No luck on the first cloudy day though I did get a poor shot of the Blue Jay. I gave up and went to Blackie Spit to see the Snow Bunting. The sun was out the next day and the Scrub-jay was being VERY cooperative – lots of photogs. At one point it landed on the ground 10 feet away from me and I couldn’t unzoom and refocus fast enough to get the shot! (Flickr, Flickr)
  • 10-Nov-2020 to Blackie Spit, 2 people on a mostly grey day. Our target bird was Snow Bunting, and we were not disappointed with the 5 that entertained us as they picked through seaweed and gravel to find mostly seeds and the odd bug. We were joined by a third member of this group as we were readying to leave, so we returned to the buntings which were a lifer for her—the flock had dwindled to 3 birds by then. Out in the water and around the shoreline were Common Loons, Dunlin, Horned Grebes, gulls, Double-crested Cormorant (1), a flock of 15 Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, a seal, lots of ducks (mostly American and many Eurasian Wigeons including females, Green-winged Teal), a and a huge bonus of 7 Marbled Godwits. The Three Amigos have expanded their network while ours shrinks. In the pathway to/from and in the Rene Savignye area, there were many Red-shafted Flickers, a Bald Eagle, Starlings, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Purple Finches eating native crabapples, House Finches, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhee, American Crows, Greater Yellowlegs and a Harrier. We watched an Eagle consume lunch out on the pilings. Between the large number of Snow Buntings and the 7 Godwits, it was a good day. (Flickr)
  • 10-Nov-2020 2 people to Tsawwassen Ferry Causeway – (Dunlin, Loons, Scoters, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Mergansers, Oystercatchers, Grebes (Horned & Red-necked), Cormorants and Eagles). and to Boundary Bay duke at 104th – (Cooper’s Hawk, Peregrine, thousands of Dunlin, thousands of Pintail). (Flickr)
  • 6-Nov-2020 to Chehalis and Cheam Lake, 2 people. We only saw a few eagles, but it was a lovely sunny day! There were 200 a few weeks ago, but only a few hanging around today because the water level was so high from recent rains. Then went to Cheam Lake in the late afternoon. Tons of Canada Geese and as the sun got very low a lot of Trumpeters showed up, certainly over 50 of them maybe 100. (Flickr)
  • 6-Nov-2020 to Terra Nova, 5 people. This outing was postponed because of rain earlier in the week. It was a bright sunny day but very strong winds meant that we saw very few birds. On the pond were Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallards, Scaup, Coots and 3 Pied-billed Grebes. A few other birds did appear – sparrows, juncos, towhees, finches, chickadees, hummingbirds, herons, snow geese and a Red-tailed Hawk. (Flickr)
  • 27-Oct-2020 to Maplewood Flats,7 people including Marylile who volunteers there, and was successful in getting us access to the washroom, which was greatly appreciated. The weather was gray, but no rain, and there was not a lot of bird activity. Highlights included a flyover the parking lot by a Belted Kingfisher, several Common Loons, one of which was dealing with a large item it had caught and which it eventually consumed, Steller’s Jay, a very large flock of Pine Siskins seen in several different areas, behaving a lot like Dunlin breaking off into smaller groups and suddenly changing directions, as well as landing in trees to feed on small cones. There were smaller groups of ducks out in the open water, but without a scope, it was difficult to identify them, except for a small raft of Bufflehead who because of their size and colouring, were quite obvious. An Eagle kept an eye out from a dolphin, and Double-crested Cormorants hunted in a little closer. Our walk thru the main part of the area brought us Purple Finches, Towhees, Bushstits, Song Sparrows, Downy Woodpecker, Bewick’s Wren (h), Northern Flickers, Anna’s Hummingbirds, a Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Chickadees, Brown Creeper and some great displays of mushrooms (Golden Pholiota, Sulphur Tuft).
  • 27-Oct-2020 to Tsawwassen Ferry Causeway, Reifel & Alaksen. There were many of the usual suspects at the ferry causeway – wigeon, pintail, scoters, mergansers, cormorants, loons, oystercatchers, herons and passing flocks of shorebirds. Reifel highlights were a Redhead, three Ruddy Ducks and large patches of Amanita mushrooms. There were also the usual suspects – cranes, herons, mallards, wigeon, pintail, shovelers, teal, gadwall, ring-necks, hooded mergansers, bufflehead, chickadees, sparrows, kinglets, creepers, wrens, blackbirds, flickers, dowitchers, eagles and hawks. Large flocks of snow geese flew overhead. Some of us saw a mink. We did not see any owls. A brief stop at Alaksen did not produce any owls either. We did see several Hooded Mergansers there. (Flickr)
  • 20-Oct-2020 to Brunswick Point. Six ladies gathered at Brunswick Point on a lovely dry morning. We saw some 23 species, including the Ash-throated Flycatcher that has been seen there lately. Other highlights included 4 Fox Sparrows that sang beautifully, a pair of Northern Harriers, Lincoln’s Sparrow, American Goldfinches, a Great Blue Heron catching and eating a vole, a Virginia Rail calling in the marsh, a Downy Woodpecker, four Golden-crowned Kinglets cavorting very close to the dike, and Bushtits eating from weed-seed heads and a Cooper’s Hawk; all as thousands of Snow Geese streamed overhead. We had hoped the geese had all escaped the hunters that were blasting away on the foreshore, but one hapless immature Snow Goose that we assumed had been wounded, ended up grounded in the grass below the dike, separated from its flock and likely suffering. We had a hard time bringing ourselves to speak to the hunters, when they tried to be friendly on the dike. (Flickr)
  • 20-Oct-2020 to Stanley Park. 7 people. Traffic was very light. We zipped through the tunnel and arrived in well under an hour. Although the tide was high there were only a few wigeon on English Bay. We had expected to see scoters and goldeneye too. There were large flocks of Pine Siskins flying about. The diving ducks were also missing from Lost Lagoon. But at both Lost Lagoon and Beaver Lake there were many Wood Ducks. Red-breasted Nuthatches and Brown Creepers entertained us. Other sightings included hummingbirds, flickers, Steller’s Jays, cormorants, herons, chickadees and a Merlin. At Beaver Lake there was a very noisy Virginia Rail deep in the bushes. It was a very pleasant fall outing with sunshine, colourful leaves, birds and mushrooms. (Flickr)
  • 17-Oct-2020 Global Big Day with David Hoar & Noreen Rudd. Global Big Day is an opportunity to celebrate the birds here and around the world. It is sponsored by eBird (The Cornell Lab), and coincided with the 1st Global Bird Weekend whose goal is to support BirdLife International’s appeal to end illegal bird trade. After 9 hours, 11.5 km, 17,300 steps and some consultations with Melissa Hafting, David and I had a tally of 75 species seen! We had been encouraged to participate in this global endeavour by Rockjumper, our African birding travel company. We kept score on eBird, sharing our list with Team Rockjumper at the end of the day. At last report, their global score was over 1700 species. We started our day at the ferry causeway, seeing 3 Grebe species, a Marbled Godwit, Caspian Terns, Black Turnstone and Common Loons. En route to Reifel, we added Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks. Reifel, as usual, yielded over 40 species in 5 hours. Highlights were a male Redhead, a female Canvasback, a White-throated Sparrow, Ring-necked Ducks and Pied-billed Grebes. A trip to Brunswick Point yielded several additional species including the special Ash-throated Flycatcher. Our final stop was 64th Ave. where we walked as far as the ponds. Although we did not find the Black Phoebe on this trip, we did add a Lincoln’s Sparrow and 11 Yellow-rumped Warblers. We ran out of daylight before we could check for the Western Scrub-Jay at Highway 10 at 92nd. As much as we love birding, it is particularly satisfying to be part of a global push to end the illegal bird trade. (Flickr)
  • 14-Oct-2020 to Reifel. 5 people. Five keen people met at Reifel, having gone thru the new admission regime of registering, cancelling because of weather, and reregistering, and spent an enjoyable several hours in the sun. I will only comment on what we thought were the highlights. Between the office and kiosk, we saw one Black-crowned Night Heron, Cedar Waxwings, and two Pied-billed Grebes (in the water). On our expedition along East Dike, we stirred up a Marsh Wren, and enjoyed a side trip to look at the Fly Amanita mushrooms. From that vantage point, we noticed a large flock of Pine Siskins that we found eating seeds from small cones, closer and a little later. Back on East Dike, a Downy Woodpecker didn’t seem to mind the audience he gathered. A Red-tailed Hawk put in an brief appearance. On West Field dike, we noticed many Bushtits on the fluffy weeds in the marsh, eating seeds and probably bugs. Many Virginia Rails called out along the dike and some even answered to a human imitation. We only heard one Sora. A large flock of Long-billed Dowitchers and two Yellowlegs, one Greater and one Lesser, the size difference being obvious, relaxed in the slough beside the dike, until scared up by a passing Eagle. Northern Harriers cruised over the marsh. A large flock of dark geese flew over, sounding not quite like Canada, and definitely not Snow Geese—we wondered if they were Cackling Geese. The highlight of the day was a female Canvasback duck, hanging around with the usual Gadwalls. A small group of 4 Hooded Mergansers was busy catching tiny fish. We saw the many small birds that can usually be seen, but the Sandhill Cranes were spending their time elsewhere today, heard later on but not seen. It was a good outing. (Flickr)
  • 13-Oct-2020 to Brunswick Point. 7 people. It was wet and windy in the morning but the wind cleared the clouds away. So we met at Brunswick Point at 1pm. Some of us saw the target bird – Ash-throated Flycatcher. There were also flickers, harriers, bushtits, finches, juncos, towhees, sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers. (Flickr)
  • 6-Oct-2020 to White Rock & Blackie Spit. Six of us met at White Rock Pier. It was very foggy making it difficult to see the birds. There were many Surf Scoters, Red-necked Grebes, Horned Grebes and Common Loons. One Black Turnstone flew in. We moved on to Blackie Spit which was completely fogged in as well. The second Tuesday small group of 5 people was already there and we crossed paths a few times. There were 2 Marbled Godwits in the usual spot. There were several Common Loons close to shore. A mixed group of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs landed in the water at the Rene Savenye area. We also saw finches (House, Purple, Gold), Sparrows (Fox, Golden-crowned, White-crowned, Savannah), Flickers, Chickadees, Hummingbirds, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Kingfisher. A spider eating a grasshopper was an interesting sight. (Flickr)
  • 29-Sep-2020 to Iona, 6 & 5 people. Two small groups went to Iona Beach Regional Park an hour apart. Because the tide was out we did not see anything at the beach. The bright sun made it difficult to see what was on the outer pond. The next pond had Gadwall, Mallards, Coots and a Pied-billed Grebe but the tall reeds made it difficult to see them. There were some ducks on the inner ponds but the only shorebirds were on the far northeast corner of the northeast pond. They included about 20 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Dowitcher and 1 Yellowlegs. We did not see the recently observed Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. A Peregrine Falcon flew over but luckily did not scare the shorebirds. Along the way were sparrows (Song, Savannah, White-crowned, Golden-crowned), blackbirds (Red-winged & Brewer’s), Yellow-rumped Warblers, Northern Harriers, a Downy Woodpecker, hummingbirds and Ravens. When we returned to the outer pond, the light was a bit better and we saw Scaup, Mergansers, Shovelers and 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls. The second group also heard a Virginia Rail in the first outer pond. (Flickr)
  • 22-Sep-2020 to Terra Nova, 4 people went out in spite of showers forecast, and were very glad we did. Our target bird was the lingering Green Heron at the pond, spotted by Kirsten from the top of the hill next to the dike (Kirsten’s brilliant idea of a vantage point), that entertained us by moving around and hunting. A Great Blue Heron sitting on a picnic table, seemed to be waiting for dinner to be served. We moved on thru the path next to the dike, and found sparrows (White-Crowned, Golden-Crowned, Song) Orange-Crowned Warbler, and two Hermit Thrushes who may have been having a territorial dispute. We walked the dike, spotting American Crows, Flickers, many House Finches everywhere, and went out to the sea side of the dike, where a beautiful Northern Harrier scared up many small birds and posed on a stick in front of us. We continued on the circular path back to Westminster Hwy, and while observing a small tree with common birds (Towhee added), Margaretha asked “What’s That?” It turned out to be a quiet Warbling Vireo, that again, entertained us for quite a long time, and was not worried about people walking quite close to it. We all had great looks. It’s behavior was so calm compared to breeding season. A flock of juvenile Cedar Waxwings were gorging on partially dried berries. A Barn Owl perched in tall trees out in the open (if you happened to be standing in the right place), and we were appreciative of the help we had in lining him up. The community gardens were intriguing, with many squash we had never seen before. On our way back past the pond, eagle-eyed Margaretha spotted a Belted Kingfisher, also quite still in a tree. Among our sightings/hearings were Bald Eagle, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (h), Nuthatch (h), Robins, Chickadees, Bushtits, and likely something else I have forgotten. It was an excellent day. (Flickr)
  • 22-Sep-2020 to Boundary Bay Dike at 104th, 8 people. The forecast showers did not materialize. In fact the sunshine was so bright that it was difficult to take photos over the bay. The tide was higher than 2 weeks ago so that the shorebirds eventually came closer to shore. A bit before 9, two Black-bellied Plovers were close to shore along with Killdeer and Yellowlegs. Later hundreds of Black-bellied Plovers came close, including at least one in breeding plumage. When flying they showed their black armpits. There were smaller shorebirds as well as a flock of Pectoral Sandpipers and a godwit. The experts on the dike identified it as a Hudsonian Godwit but it was difficult to get good photos of it. There were lots of American Pipits on the shore. Northern Harriers were patrolling both sides of the path and there were warblers and other songbirds in the bushes. (flickr)
  • 21-Sep-2020 to Brunswick Point, 2 people. A White-throated Sparrow was the best sighting but several warblers (Black-throated Gray, Orange-Crowned, Yellow-rumped) and Lincoln’s Sparrows livened up the trip. There may have been other sparrows not recognized but I haven’t found any in the photos yet. Total of 33 species which is good for this season here. (eBird)
  • 16-Sep-2020 to Boundary Bay Dike at 104th, 3 people, meeting around 2, had a nice juvenile Semi-palmated Plover, along with Pectorals, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, Least, and Pipits.
  • 16-Sep-2020 to Reifel, 5 people. We saw a Peregrine Falcon near the beginning and again near the end. There was a Great Horned Owl at owl corner and Harriers were cruising the marsh. Most of last week’s shorebirds had gone but we did see Dowitchers and one Yellowlegs. A very entertaining Orange-crowned Warbler hopped around in the open for great extended viewing. A Lincoln’s Sparrow stopped long enough for a photo. (Flickr)
  • 10-Sep-2020 to Deas Island, 9 people. We saw a few Warblers (Yellow-rumped, Yellow, Orange-crpwned), Great Blue Heron, Black-capped Chickadees, Sparrows (Song and White-crowned), Common Raven, Spotted Towhee and at one point watched two very small birds that resembled each other, except that one never stopped moving whereas the other one stopped and posed. The former was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, the latter a Hutton’s Vireo. Bewick’s Wrens called back and forth and preened in the sun. We also heard Northern Flicker, and at least one bird we couldn’t identify. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed a distanced picnic in the park. (Flickr) (eBird)
  • 08-Sep-2020 to Boundary Bay Dike at 104th, 7 people. The high tide was a low high tide and most of the birds were far away. One small flock of Pectoral Sandpipers was fairly close but a Cooper’s Hawk soon sent them farther out. There were at least 4 warblers (Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned), Hutton’s Vireo, American Pipits and Horned Larks. (Flickr)
  • 08-Sep-2020 to Boundary Bay Dike at 104th, 6 people. We started from the airpark lot and walked toward the mansion expecting the tide to be in fairly close, but it was way out, and the birds with it. Sightings on the way to or from the pilings were sparrows (Lincoln’s, Song, White-crowned, and Savannah), finches (Goldfinch, House Finch), warblers (Yellow-rump, Orange-crowned). There were other birders out enjoying good sized flocks of American Pipits and Horned Larks which were moving around in and out of the harvested potato fields.  Also seen from the dike, were 2 Golden Plovers, Killdeer, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Great  Blue Heron, many gulls, distant ducks, and shorebirds in flocks flying or resting, and Pectoral Sandpipers up close. Eventually the 8 and 9 o’clock group merged, and we discovered it was easy to space ourselves out on the dike.
  • 01-Sep-2020 to Brydon Lagoon & Hi Knoll Park, 5 people, Barred Owl, Green Heron. When we arrived at Brydon Lagoon we were told that the Green Heron usually appeared very early and that we were probably too late. So we were not surprised when we did not see it  as we walked along the lagoon. There were very few birds on the path through Hi Knoll Park. In the forest on the other side of the power line we saw a Barred Owl fly by. We walked back to where it disappeared – and there it was posing on a branch. It posed on 2 more branches before we left it. Other birds seen on the way back were Cedar Waxwings, Bushtits, Hermit Thrush, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Flickers, Chickadees, Wood Duck and Pied-billed Grebe. We looked for the Green Heron again as we walked back along the lagoon. It was nearly noon and we had given up on seeing it when we noticed it sitting on a branch back at the very beginning of the lagoon loop. Almost immediately it flew to the other side of the lagoon. Some walked back around the lagoon and found it posing on a log close to shore at the other end of the lagoon. (Flickr)
  • 01-Sep-2020 to Campbell Valley Regional Park, 5 people went to Campbell Valley, 16th St parking lot, and walked as directed, in one direction. There were not many birds singing, but the tame and hungry chickadees, both Chestnut-backed in abundance and Black-capped, made up for the lack of other sightings. We were stopped in our tracks by Gabriele who watched a Barred Owl land beside us. He was co-operative until he eventually flew deeper into the woods. Another grouping of mixed chickadees included at least two Nuthatches, all of which were happy receiving nuts from us. Along the way, were Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, and many Dark-eyed Juncos, along with Douglas Squirrels and Townsend’s chipmunks. We heard a strange call several times, and were stumped until Lidia got home, and in the process of labelling the chipmunk, discovered that the noise we were hearing is an autumn “wood-knocking” call the chipmunks produce. Most of the warblers have left, but we saw Bushtits, and heard Goldfinches, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Swainson’s Thrush. We tried to spot something that had a warbler-like call, but were unable to find it high up in the trees. A small flock of Mallard ducks preened by the last bridge—one of them was a hybrid of some sort. It was a slow and lovely walk in the woods.
  • 31-Aug-2020 to Centennial Beach for seashore brochure photos, 7 people, crabs, clams, shrimp, sand lance, anemone. (Flickr)
  • 30-Aug-2020 to Reifel, 1 person, Long-billed Dowitchers, Kingfisher, Harrier, Yellow-rumped Warbler. (Flickr)
  • 28-Aug-2020 to White Rock Pier, 2 people, 6 Black Turnstones
  • 28-Aug-2020 to Reifel, 2 people, 43 species including Pied-billed Grebe, Long-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Peregrine Falcon, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler. (Flickr) (eBird)
  • 27-Aug-2020 to Blackie Spit, 2 people, Shorebirds
  • 25-Aug-2020 to Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve, 4 people, started of with a Barred Owl roosting, then at least one family of Red-breasted Nuthatches who were busy with pine cones, and were joined by Black-capped and Chestnut-backed Chickadees. While watching at least one hawk in the sky, a Peregrine showed up to chase a Cooper’s Hawk, a Northern Harrier up high, a juvenile Bald Eagle, and a Red-tailed Hawk at first being pursued by a flock of Crows. Bewick’s Wrens called from more than one location. Saw Northern Flickers and heard Pileated and Downy Woodpeckers. Our sightings included American Robins, Song Sparrows, Goldfinches (mostly heard), Dark-eyed Junco, Brown Creeper (heard), Steller’s Jay, Anna’s Hummingbird. A lovely small park, tons (an understatement) of Sequoia trees and orchards, Stink Currants in a patch by the park kiosk – a new plant for most of us. No dogs or washroom, but it is close to Tynehead Park.
  • 25-Aug-2020 to Blackie Spit, 7 people, Yellowlegs, Purple Martins, Herons, Hummers, Cooper’s Hawk. (Flickr)
  • 23-Aug-2020 to Brunswick Point, 2 people, 2 Sandhill Cranes, 2 Trumpeter Swans
  • 18-Aug-2020 to Iona, 4 people, it was sunny but quite windy. Birds were scarce with Cedar Waxwings and swallows (a LOT) being the most abundant. Spotted and identified a Kestrel hunting and eating dragonflies in the inner ponds. Only one pond had water and very few ducks. By the logs that obstruct the path close to the parking lot, we saw a juvenile Yellow-rumped Warbler chasing bugs in a pine, and a very photogenic flycatcher, probably a Willow. A few sparrows, Song, Savannah, Towhee, Chickadees, an eagle and a couple of herons rounded out the meagre selection.
  • 18-Aug-2020 to Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve and Tynehead, New trail, 7 people, planned to start at Surrey Lake but parking lot and trails were closed for maintenance so drove to Godwin Farm Biodiversity Park. Spent a pleasant hour walking a loop through a redwood forest, past a small pond, beside fields and an orchard. Didn’t hear or see many birds. Next went to Tynehead Park and walked a longer loop along the Serpentine River. A cool walk in the forest but didn’t hear or see many birds. (Flickr)
  • 13-Aug-2020 to Elgin Park, 8 people, Bushtits. (Flickr)
  • 10-Aug-2020 to Brunswick Point, 2 people, Merlin, Bushtits, Bullock’s Oriole. (Flickr) (eBird)
  • 04-Aug-2020 to Blackie Spit, 2 people, 12 Greater Yellowlegs
  • 04-Aug-2020 to Colebrook Park, 4 people, New trail, Pileated Woodpecker and others. (Flickr)
  • 04-Aug-2020 to Panorama Ridge, 6 people, New trail, Willow Flycatchers and others. (Flickr)
  • 02-Aug-2020 to Huston Rd, Tilbury, 2 people, Pacific Slope Flycatcher. (Flickr) (eBird)
  • 28-Jul-2020 to Terra Nova, 6 people, Usual suspects, very few birds on a hot day. (Flickr)
  • 26-Jul-2020 to Huston Rd, Tilbury, New trail, 2 people, Bullock’s Oriole and Pacific Slope Flycatcher. (Flickr)
  • 24-Jul-2020 to Reifel, 2 people, It’s open again but nothing unusual. (Flickr)
  • 21-Jul-2020 to Iona, 3 people, Killdeer, very few birds, dragonflies. (Flickr)
  • 14-Jul-2020 to Colony Farm, 3 people, Lazuli Bunting and nesting Eastern Kingbirds. (Flickr)
  • 09-May-2020 to Iona, 2 people, Usual suspects. (Flickr)
  • 07-May-2020 to QE Park, 1 person, Chipping Sparrow, Warbling Vireo. (Flickr)
  • 01-May-2020 to Boundary Bay, 2 people, Cinnamon Teal + usual suspects. (Flickr)
  • 17-Apr-2020 to Beach Grove, 1 person, Great Horned Owls. (Flickr)
  • 09-Apr-2020 to Beach Grove Park, 1 person, Hummingbird Nest. (Flickr)
  • 08-Apr-2020 to Boundary Bay Dike, 1 person, Warblers and Harriers. (Flickr)
  • 31-Mar-2020 to Brunswick Point, Usual suspects. (Flickr)
  • 18-Mar-2020 to Boundary Bay, 1 person, Mountain Bluebird and the usual suspects (Flickr)

New Trails

  • Huston Road, Tilbury Islandpark here then walk along the Fraser, going West from the parking lot till you find the road out into the river – this is Fisherman’s Bar – and you can go further West along the river till the trail dead ends.
  • Panorama Ridgepark here – officially this is all part of the Delta-South Surrey Regional Greenway and it can be accessed from several places. From this parking spot head East along the trail. West would take you back in to Watershed Park. There are some trail markers and maps along the way and many choices for how to proceed. Can head down to Colebrook Road then back up and and over to Joe Brown Park and up the ridge to New McLellan Road.
  • Colebrook Parkpark here – this park has an interesting half hour loop through thick forest, an open area and a wetland.
  • Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preservepark here – wonderful trees, small pond, decent trails, only 30-60 minutes.

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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