DNCB Outing No. 2018-04 to Iona Regional Park

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

A dozen hopeful DNCBers spent the shortest DNCB outing ever at Iona on Tuesday/yesterday.  It was windy and pouring rain; check out Ladner Jack’s and David H’s photos on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2018-04 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

I drove to Iona, arriving at 8:05 am, the sole person there, and there were no birds in the bay or in the air, very eerie (Tsunami-like premonition).  It was windy, cold and blowing rain.  But I had my new Christmas rubber shoes, insulated socks, wet suit and was ready, I thought.  Marion & Marti arrived and immediately said they were going home.  Johnny Mac was dazed and went to recover in the washroom.  The two Petra’s carloads of Mike B with Terry & newbie Mike 2B and David & Noreen with Glen & Ladner Jack arrived about 8:15 with wry smiles or snarls on their faces.  The common thread was: “What the hell are we doing here on a day like this?”  After more inane chatter, I suggested we should just go to the Flying Beaver for breakfast.  There was an eruption of joy.


DNCB at Iona Regional Park – missing Glen & Brian A (photo by Glen Bodie)

Before leaving, Glen took the obligatory Group Photo under cover of the washroom building, without Richmond Brian who arrived shortly after.  I walked to the beach and saw a huge flock of Snow Geese huddled together on shore.  Ladner Jack took photos.


There were also some Mallards, Wigeons and Great Blue Herons hunkered down in the bushes.  Still, no birds on the water or in the air, other than a couple of Glaucous-winged Gulls.  It was miserable.

On driving out, the wind died down a bit.  We saw Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead and a couple of Gadwall slowly leaving shelter on shore into the weedy water.  The tide was very high.  Several saw the “tagged” Rough-legged Hawk, a Red-tail and Northern Harrier either on the way in or out.

We got to the Flying Beaver before it opened at 9:00 am.  Liz and Tina were very accommodating to serve us early coffee as we warmed up.  My breakfast of Steak & Eggs was awesome (too early for beer, although I thought about it).


DNCB at Flying Beaver (photo by David Hoar)

The chatfest was fun as I got to share some “interesting” experiences about my holiday in Cuba last week.  Wimp Roger, who bailed on us, in his absence was complimented on last week’s Serpentine Fen outing Report.  Sandra was surprised to see me at home by 10:00 am.  It may have been the shortest DNCB outing, but still a tonne of fun with some really nice civilized folk.

Next Tuesday, January 30, we will leave Petra’s at 7:30 am for an outing in Point Roberts, USA.  We will meet at the Marine Lighthouse Park parking lot around 8:00 am.

For more info, reports and photos, check out our website.  As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if this drivel annoys you and you want off my e-mail list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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DNCB 2018-03 Serpentine Fen/104th Dyke

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

It was a dark and dreary looking morning with a sprinkling of rain, a day when normal people would have stayed in bed… but not hardy birders!  Six of us (hardy birders) met at Petra’s, and, assuming we would be the only ones, were amazed to find ten others waiting for us at the Fen parking lot!  It was nice to see White Rock Al and Alice, having not seen either for quite a while.  Al would have to leave us for an exercise class, and Alice was recovering from a leg injury, which would explain their absence from the group photo.  Glen arrived near the end of the Serpentine part of the trip.


DNCB (minus Al, Alice & Glen) at Serpentine Fen – photo by David Hoar

As we would usually do, an examination of the barn produced no Barn Owl… disappointing, as not having Tom with us to scare it away, we thought our chances were pretty good.  Tom, by the way, was luxuriating in the sun on a Cuban beach, beer in hand while we watched an approaching very dark rain cloud!  Somewhat obscured in a tree was a shape that we eventually determined to be a Red-tailed Hawk.  Walking down the road to the beginning of the loop trail we saw the usual lbjs* (see below), Song Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, Golden, and White-crowned Sparrows.

Arriving at the trail beginning, we decided to follow tradition and proceeded counter-clockwise and climbed to the top of the first viewing tower.  From the top we scanned the ponds and found lots of Mallards, Pintail, American Wigeon, some Buffleheads, and a few Gadwall.  Coming out of the trail to the first open grassy area, David took our group photo.  I’m (Roger1) not allowed to take group photos anymore due to the disaster at the White Rock Pier last week.  Personally I thought the blurry effect gave it an Impressionistic look!

Up on the dyke along the Serpentine River we had only a few species on the water.  In the distance we had a flock of what were, as I identified, Common Mergansers (later turned out to be Barrow’s Goldeneyes… anyone could make that mistake).  Several Double-crested Cormorants, a female Common Merganser, and a Harbour Seal were seen fishing as well.  A single Downy Woodpecker flew into a tree behind dyke.  Only a few of us climbed the viewing tower along the dyke, but nothing new was to be seen.

About this time a heavy rain started to fall, and we picked up the pace, stopping only at the last tower, mainly for shelter.  However, from the top, our newbie Colin spotted a Eurasian Wigeon and a Hooded Merganser.

The rain having abated, we walked fairly quickly back to the cars.  Surprisingly, several very hardy individuals reminded me of my “guarantee” to provide a look at a Long-eared Owl at 104th… so off most of us went!

We met at the parking lot of the Delta Air Park at the foot of 104th (Embree Road).  Once up on the dyke I expected to look east to where the usual photographers would have found the owls for us… no one was there!  Also, the darkest clouds one could imagine were approaching from the west, and you could see the rain falling.  We walked to the end of the air park property, took the correct number of steps from there, and looked in the trees across the canal.  Where the owls were sitting in the open yesterday, in the sun, there were none visible!  It took some effort in order to find one male Long-eared Owl hidden behind several branches, and with the heavy rain starting to fall, but everyone, to my relief, managed a look.  I’m including my photographs from the day before so they can see the complete bird.

Back at the parking lot, with everyone soaking wet, no one seemed interested in going for lunch (it was only 11:30) so we called it a day!

*lbj” refers to “little brown jobs”, those little birds fleeting through the undergrowth that make you waste time trying to get a look at them, only to find they are only lbjs, and not some rarity – but you have to look, just in case!

Next week, Tue. Jan 23, we will be at Iona Regional Park; leave Petra’s @ 7:30 am, meet at parking lot near washrooms around 8:15 am.

Report by Roger Meyer (for absent Tom Bearss, who is in Cuba!)

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DNCB 2018-02 to White Rock Pier & Blackie Spit

RM_White Rock Group 2

DNCB at White Rock Pier – missing Liz, Gareth, Ken & Anne

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site


Marbled Godwit & Long-billed Curlew – photo by Rena Shao

Next week’s Outing is to Serpentine Fen in Surrey.  Leave Petra’s at 7:30 am, meet at 44th Ave Parking lot (behind Art Knapp’s) around 8 am.

Tom is in Cuba…

Directions for Tuesday’s Outing from Roger:
1. Meeting as usual at Petra’s for a 7:30 departure.
2. Meeting at Serpentine Fen at approximately 8:00
You need to come off of King George Boulevard, turning west on 44th Avenue (a dead end road).
If you are on Hwy 99, exit on the cloverleaf you would take to Crescent Beach, but instead head north onto King George.
44th Avenue cuts off of the King George just north of Art Knapp’s Nursery.
We’ll get together at the first parking lot on the left.  (there is a barn directly across from the parking lot entrance.  See map Serpentine Fen.

After Serpentine Fen, we will go to the dike at 104th Street – looking for Long-eared Owls.

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DNCB Outing No. 2018-01 to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal & Reifel Bird Sanctuary

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

About 19 DNCBers enjoyed a pleasant and productive Tuesday morning travelling to and from, and at Reifel Bird Sanctuary.  Check out the brilliant photo evidence of our first 2018 outing on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2018-01 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

We (12) car-pooled nicely from Petra’s at 7:30 am to our first stop along the causeway to the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal.  There was a glorious sunrise over English Bluff that photographed beautifully.


Sunrise over Tsawwassen, by Jim K

And the Bay had thousands of ducks on both sides of the highway.  Mostly American Wigeon, Mallards, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Common Loons, Northern Shoveler, Horned Grebes on the DeltaPort side, and “Divers” on the Tsatsu Shore side such as Surf and White-winged Scoters and Common Goldeneye.  Lots of Cormorants too, Double-crested and Pelagic; we tried to make a Pelagic into a Brandt.  I couldn’t find a Black Scoter, and we didn’t see any little northern birds like Snow Buntings or Horned Larks.  Black Oystercatchers were on both sides, and a few Harlequins were near the terminal.  The tide was high so we only saw a few small flocks of Dunlin fly by.

We left the Terminal and drove through the TFN land.  No Belted Kingfisher at the Kingfisher Bridge, but a Red-Tailed Hawk was on a telephone wire, and a pair of Bald Eagles on the hydro tower looking at the empty Heron colony.  Several Northern Harriers over the marshes, and a cock Ring-necked Pheasant was along the road.  The TFN have done some nice work on the marsh protecting and improving the habitat yet making it sort of accessible to us birders.  Some also saw a Merlin and a Rough-legged Hawk on the drive through the TFN and Ladner fields.  We drove right by a guy looking at Robins at 34th & 33rd.

We got to Reifel around 9:20 am where a Sharp-shinned Hawk landed in a tree above the parking lot.  Aussie Nance, and later Laura S, and the “ghosts” Ken & Anne were there too.  David took our Group Photo, without time-challenged Margaretha and her lively granddaughter Teala, at the Snow Goose sign with Reifel’s Dan front and centre.  Dan sadly recounted the story of the juvenile orphan Sandhill Crane brought from Vancouver Island that did not survive after two weeks with the local cranes; found frozen to death.

Reifel is our DNCB Mecca where we come to see birds up-close-and personal.  It did not disappoint on Tuesday.  Wood Ducks were in brilliant plumage.  Lots of Ring-necked Ducks and American Coots too along with all the “regular” species.  The trails were filled with little birds; Sparrows (Song, Fox, Golden- and White-crowned), Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Juncos.  Some saw Golden-crowned Kinglets, but no warbler species this day. Four Black-crowned Night Herons were roosting in their spots.  The elderly youngsters enjoyed hand-feeding the Chickadees, Red-winged Blackbirds and Sandhill Cranes.  We were blanked on Saw-whet Owls, Virginia Rails (heard) and Wilson’s Snipe (seen by Dan).

At the Tower, lots of Trumpeter Swans were in the Bay.  A flock of Snow Geese flew over, but it seems that most of the Westham Island flock have moved to Skagit Valley in Washington as they normally do for a month or two at this time of year.  There wasn’t much open water in Reifel (mostly frozen), so we didn’t see any Dowitchers, Plovers or Yellowlegs.  Several Northern Flickers and Downy Woodpeckers made appearances.  Anna’s Hummingbirds were at the Reifel feeders.  Approaching 11:00 am we decided to go next door to Alaksen CWS Pacific Region offices to check on the Barred Owls.

A photogenic Barred Owl was posing in the driveway Cedars, just as Margaretha had directed to us.  Terry saw a Brown Creeper too, but we couldn’t re-locate it.  At 11:30 am, following negotiations, we decided to go to Speed’s Pub in Ladner.  That did not disappoint either.  The unusual, to me, Wild Coho Salmon Fish & Chips was delicious, along with two pints of Canadian.  But the outing did not end here!

On the drive back to Tsawwassen, we decided to stop at 33A Ave and 34th St where we earlier saw the guy and the Robins.  White Rock Carlo was there, and we almost immediately spotted the Bohemian Waxwing for him.  That was our Bird of the Day!  We also stopped near the new TFN warehouses being built to check out several Buteos.  One close-up and posing one was a Rough-legged Hawk that Chris and Jim got good shots of.  Another splendid DNCB outing!

The 19, some we never saw, were: Terry C, Glen B, David & Noreen, Margaretha & Teala, Richmond Brian A, Ladner Jack, Johnny Mac, Jim K, Chris McV, Aussie Nance, Rogers 1 and 2, Mike B, the “ghosts” Ken & Anne, Liz’s Clone Laura S and me, plus Reifel Dan makes 20.

Next Tuesday, January 9, we will go to White Rock pier, then Blackie Spit Park.  We expect to meet others at the White Rock Pier (free) parking lot around 8:15 am.

As always, your comments are encouraged, check out our website for more info, reports and photos and, please let me know if these weekly rambling and uninteresting reports annoy you and you want off my email list.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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DNCB Outing No. 2017-51 Ladner Christmas Bird Count

Report on Area I, by Terry Carr
DNCBers took part in the Ladner Christmas Bird Count on December 23.  There are photos on our Flickr site at:

The count is part of the regional Christmas Bird Count, which is part of a much larger count across the continent.  Counts happen in over 2,000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere.  The CBC started in 1900, with the Ladner count starting in the 1950s.  It is an ongoing project of the National Audubon Society in the United States, and coordinated in Canada by Bird Studies Canada.

Each Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5.

Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year.  The Ladner Christmas Bird Count area includes Tsawwassen, Point Roberts and south Richmond.  Ladner and Victoria compete for the most species in Canada – usually over 140.  The Ladner count area is divided into 11 sub-areas.

Thirteen left Petra’s at 8am to count in the sub-area east of 56th St from the border to Highway 17.  We divided into 2 groups.  Anne, Len, Glen, Patrick, Alan and Laura did the northern part including Beach Grove Park and the southwest.  Terry, Tom, Roger, Mike, Chris, Brian and Jim did the southeast including Centennial Beach and Boundary Bay.  The two groups together had 71 species (18031 birds).

It was a cold clear day with ice on the shore.  There were thousands of ducks and geese in the bay and flocks of shorebirds.  Both groups saw a Red-breasted Sapsucker.  One was in the same tree as last year by Boundary Bay school.  Other highlights were 33 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 20 Bushtits, 22 Northern Flickers, 9 Downy Woodpeckers, 3 Steller’s Jays, 1 Bewick’s Wren, 3 Pacific Wrens, 1 Marsh Wren, 9 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 2 Cedar Waxwings, 9 American Goldfinches, 35 Pine Siskins, 14 Brewers Blackbirds, 59 Bald Eagles, 2 Barn Owls at Earthwise, 6 Northern Harriers, 6 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 4 Peregrine Falcons, 1 Northern Shrike.

The Point Roberts sub-area had 87 species including a White-throated Sparrow and 38 Red Crossbills.

There were 561 Bald Eagles at the landfill.

No Snowy Owls were seen.

Report on Area D, by Ken Borrie

Gareth Pugh organized groups in Area D (basically 88 St. to 112 St, including the area around the Delta golf course.)  Participants were Gareth, Peter Candido, Wim Vesseur, Bob Puls, Jim Pasola, Anne Gosse, Michael Klotz, David Truman & Nora, Jackson Kusack, Pauline O’Toole, Maureen Bolivar, Holly Becker, Ken Borrie, Anne Avery and Kristina.

Between us we saw 67 species (20610 birds).

In the afternoon, I was with David Truman & Nora; we saw a lone Yellow-headed Blackbird (with other Blackbirds) on 112 St, just north of Hwy 10, on the south-facing roof of large building.

Lone Yellow-headed Blackbird with Brewer’s

Not rare at Iona in June, but shouldn’t it be in Texas or Mexico in December??
Another highlight for me were 2 Wilson’s Snipe foraging the ditches – and zooming off at high speed.

The other groups saw 2 Long-eared Owls, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Western Meadowlarks, a Common Redpoll, 2 Merlins and a Peregrine Falcon, and all groups saw an extraordinary number of White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows.

The preliminary Ladner count is low – 139 species.  But there are more sub-areas to report.


Next Saturday December 30th is the White Rock-South Surrey CBC (8 am to 4 pm).

DNCB Outing 2018-01 will be on Tuesday, January 2 to the Ferry terminal and Reifel.  Leave Petra’s at 7:30 am; Reifel opens at 9 am.

Also please join us on Tuesday, January 2nd at 7:30 pm for our DNS Meeting at Benediction Lutheran Church.  Guest Speaker is Dave Scott:  topic Salmon of the Lower Fraser River and estuary.

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DNCB Report No. 2017-50 to Point Roberts, USA

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

Rain & Snow: Another DNCB Tuesday of crappy weather.  Only three of us (Mike, Terry and me) went to Pt. Roberts where it poured rain, and we birded without leaving the vehicle.  However, Terry got some good photos that you can see on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2017-50 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

We procrastinated at Petra’s Kafe, then decided at 8:00 am to go to Pt. Roberts. Border was clear, and at our first stop at Kiniski’s Tavern (outside, not inside), there were lots of Horned Grebes, Bufflehead, Common Loons and Surf Scoters diving.  Terry was able to take shots without leaving the back seat.  We did the same at other stops at Lighthouse Marine Park parking lot, the PR Marina, and last stop at Bayview Drive (east side of PR). We also saw Harlequin Ducks, Common Goldeneye, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, Cormorants (Pelagic and Double-crested), Killdeer, Song, Fox and White-crowned Sparrows.  I almost ran into a Coyote strolling along APA Drive.

Roger and I went to Lighthouse Park last weekend after buying gas and in our 20 minutes there saw: Marbled Murrelets, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Long-tailed Ducks, Northern Shrike, a Sealion and Harbour Porpoises, in addition to the above-mentioned species.  Because we were wimps today and didn’t get out of the car, we were blanked on these sightings.  We drove around Pt. Roberts for a couple of hours, and frankly, it was very enjoyable bonding with Mike and Terry.

We left the rainy Point and got to the Rose & Crown Pub around 10:30 am.  Interestingly, the cars were covered with snow in Tsawwassen; very Christmassy, but I hope it doesn’t last.  We were first customers in the Pub which officially opens at 11:00 am, but Shelley and Leila looked after us.  Sitting next to the fireplace, looking at the snow-covered Palm Trees outside, and enjoying their Daily Special of hot Vege Soup & Tuna Sandwich, with a cold Canadian pint was simply awesome.  Mike raved about his sandwich and pint of Guinness too.  We bonded some more and acknowledged that it wasn’t a hi-lite DNCB outing, but very enjoyable and a Tuesday morning well-spent.

This Saturday, December 23 (tomorrow) is our Ladner Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Some of us will meet at Petra’s before 8:00 am to do the Tsawwassen area.  Others may wish to meet at the Ladner MacDonald’s Restaurant at 7:30-8:00 am to join others there, including Coordinator Jude Grass, to do sections in Ladner.  Jude would like more volunteers.

There is no DNCB outing on December 26, however, the White Rock/Surrey CBC is Saturday, Dec. 30.

Our next DNCB outing will be Tuesday, January 2 to Tsawwassen Ferry Port and Reifel Bird Sanctuary.

For more info on these outings, and other reports and photos, see our website.  As always, let me know if this weekly drivel annoys you and you want off my List.  Meanwhile, here’s wishing each of you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2018, with the occasional neat bird sighting.  Cheers: Tom

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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DNCB Outing No. 2017-49 Birds on the Bay in Boundary Bay Regional Park


BOTB starting group, at Cammidge House – photo by David Hoar

More photos at our DNCB Flickr site

It was a gorgeous sunny Wednesday morning for our quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park.  We had about 25 participants (I lost count with so many children) including several Newbies and kids, and lots of neat sightings.  Check out the photo evidence on our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/groups/dncb, then click the magnifying glass icon in the “Photo Pool” row, and add 2017-49 to “flickr_search_dncb-photosDNCB Photos” in the Search box at the top of the page.

We met at 9:00 am at historic Cammidge House (CH) and “signed in” the Newbies.  While making my welcome remarks, a Cooper’s Hawk flew past and landed in a nearby tree. Very exciting.  David took a Group Photo on the CH steps.  On our walk along the driveway to Centennial Beach, while watching the several Bald Eagles in the tree, “someone” scared a flock of Mallards lounging in the slough.  The Beach pond was full of ducks, mostly Mallards and American Wigeon, and one female Common Goldeneye.

We walked across the sand and set up the scope near the shore.  The tide was coming in and mixed flocks of Dunlin and Sanderling landed in front of us for good views.  A single injured Yellowlegs (blood on its chest, gunshot wound?) caught our attention, as did several Black Oystercatchers searching among the stones and shells for food.  Further out were large rafts of waterfowl; we identified Scoter and Scaup species among the thousands.  Of course, the view across the Bay to White Rock, Mount Baker and Burnaby was exhilarating as always.

We left the beach for the trail in search of migrants among the “little birds” in the bushes.  Lots of Sparrows, mostly Golden-crowned with some Song and Fox seen too.  The “regulars” were all seen too, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Spotted Towhees, House Finches, Red-wing Blackbirds, etc. but no Warblers seen this day.  We heard a Marsh Wren and some got photos of a Western Meadowlark (a Target Bird recently arrived). Both male and female Northern Harriers often glided by us.  And twice a Falcon swooped by too; we think it was a Merlin (smaller than a Peregrine).


BOTB at Lookout Tower – photo by David Hoar

At the Lookout, David took another Group Photo.  Unfortunately the Delta NatureKids (home-schooled) families missed both Group photos, but I see Terry and perhaps other photogs put shots of them on our Flickr site.  Walking toward the PumpHouse, more “healthy” Yellowlegs (Lesser?) along with Green-winged Teal were close to shore.  Flocks of both Canada and Brant Geese flew by, and at the PumpHouse lots of Brant’s were among the hundreds of Northern Pintail and American Wigeon.  We also picked out one colourful male Eurasian Wigeon.  Ring-billed and Mew Gulls were there too with the many Glaucous-winged Gulls (perhaps other Gull species too).  A brilliant male Hooded Merganser was in the PumpHouse pond.


Approaching 11:00 am, I sort of hustled the group back to CH along the inland trail.  We saw more of the regulars, Finches, Hummers, Sparrows, Flickers, but no Waxwings or Warblers, and the warm sun and constant chatter among new and old friends made the walk back very enjoyable.

We arrived at CH on time at 11:30 am to the smiles of our Delta Nats Ladies, Jennifer and Rochelle.  The “Homemade” Goodie Table was unbelievable: Jennifer’s scones, Elizabeth’s and Rochelle’s shortbread and cookies, Sandra’s legendary egg salad sandwiches, and the cheeses and fruits were absolutely scrumptious, along with a tasty cup of hot noodle soup (no beer on BOTB outings).  The Chatfest continued as the group sat around the table gorging on these delights.  A glorious ending to a beautiful morning.  And I made my Wednesday “Noon” Hockey in Richmond, plus a couple of cans of Sleeman’s Lager after the game, to ensure my DNCB balanced diet remained intact.

Next Tuesday, December 19, we will meet at and leave from Petra’s at 7:30 am for an outing in Point Roberts, USA.  We plan to be at the PR Lighthouse Marine Park parking lot before 8:00 am.

The following week’s outing will be on Saturday, Dec. 23 (not Tuesday 26th) with the Ladner Christmas Bird Count.

More info on these and other outings, and reports and photos, are on our website.  As always, your comments are encouraged, and let me know if you want off my list to receive these rambling, repetitious and repulsive reports.  Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society

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