A large group of 35, including several Newbies, participated in our quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park on Wednesday. It was a bit overcast but a very pleasant walk in the park with lots of waterfowl and a few neat sightings. Check out the photo evidence on our Flickr site.
We met at historic Cammidge House at 9 a.m., registered the Newbies, I gave a brief introduction to our paradisiacal park, Jim took one of several mandatory Group Photos, then we started the masses on the amble toward the beach. Debbi H saw a Wilson’s Snipe earlier around a condo pond near the Park entrance. Tonnes of Bald Eagles around, and hundreds of ducks and geese in the Bay, but not a lot of little birds seen. The native plant pond near the picnic shelters was crowded with Mallards, American Wigeon, a pair of Northern Shovelers and one Northern Pintail. Someone saw a Eurasian Wigeon. Lots of vividly-coloured European Starlings and Redwing Blackbirds there too, and the resident Brewer’s Blackbirds were seen later.
The tide was very high at the beach and no shorebirds seen (some saw Sanderling later). There were several large rafts of birds in the distance. We recognized Surf Scoters and Greater Scaup, along with many Brant Geese, with the aid of Newbie Chris’s scope. A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and a Bufflehead were a bit closer to shore. We walked the trail looking for song birds and it was very quiet, except for the drone of the continuous chatfest. I have learned over years of Casual Birding that many participants enjoy discussing, travels, recipes, grandkids, shopping bargains, weather, sports and politicians as much as seeing a bird. It’s all good.
We did see some little birds: Anna’s Hummingbirds, Song & Golden-crowned Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, American Robins, Northern Flickers to name a few. A couple of Northern Harriers glided by. Jim took another group photo at the Lookout, with an adult Bald Eagle perched in a tree and fantasizing over us. We finally found shorebirds, four Greater Yellowlegs near the Pump House, with a bunch of Green-winged Teal (no Common Teal found today). Lots of gulls there too including: Mew, Ring-billed, Glaucous-winged and Iceland (aka Thayer’s). Fly-overs of a few Trumpeter Swans and a V of Lesser Snow Geese was impressive. Check out Richmond Brian’s sightings of 30 species on our eBird DNCBlist.
We were unusually quicker on this outing and several got back to Cammidge House before 11:30 a.m. The Delta Nats Ladies (Rochelle, Jennifer & Elizabeth) were there smiling with their array of scrumptious home-made goodies (Jennifer’s scones, Elizabeth’s cake & cookies, Sandra’s legendary egg salad sandwiches), all wolfed down in typical DNCB fashion, along with Rochelle’s fruits, cheeses, crackers and drinks (no beer). The comradery continued around the table until everyone was gone by noon. I even made my Wednesday Noon Hockey at Richmond Ice Centre, albeit a bit late. Another awesome BOTB outing.
The 35 were: Delta Nats Ladies Rochelle, Elizabeth & Jennifer, our Organizer Terry C, Photogs Jim K, Glen B, sisters Pat & Maureen with Manli, Newbies Coquitlam’s Chris & Evelyn, Ladner Julia, Tsawwassen Rene, Ladner Bryan & Masae, Richmond Brian (our eBird Lister), Debbi H and daughter & international birder Catherine, Richmond Angela A, our website guru Ken & Anne, cyclist Margaretha & Gabriele, Mike B & Mike B2, Burnaby Marion S, Langley Field Naturalists Anne G & Joanne R, returnees Marylile M & Rob M, North Van Richard, Roger K, Tsawwassen Pam, Boundary Bay Valerie W and me.
Next Tuesday, March 19, we’ll meet at and leave from Petra’s at 7:30 a.m. for Iona Regional Park, meeting others at the washroom parking lot at 8:15 a.m. For more info on outings, reports, events and photos, check out our website at: www.dncb.wordpress.com. As always, your comments are welcome. Cheers: Tom
Tom Bearss, President, Delta Naturalists Society