Birding Field Trip -13th Oct 2018
Report by Leader Thomas Plath
Under sunny skies and with little wind, a dozen participants reveled at the sight of thousands of shorebirds congregating on the mudflats off the foot of 104thStreet. The tide had pushed the flocks within 100 metres of the dyke and the “high tide” was low enough that the birds were going to stick. No Peregrines to scare them off to boot. Scrutiny of the flying birds when flushed offered excellent opportunity to search for scarce species and several were found. In the two hours spent enjoying these long distance migrants 10 species were found. A rough guess of species numbers are: Black-bellied Plover (800), American Golden Plover (1), Pacific Golden Plover (2), Greater Yellowlegs (1), Willet (1), Marbled Godwit (2), Sanderling (50), Dunlin (250), Pectoral Sandpiper (2), and Western Sandpiper (40). Both novice and experienced observers enjoyed the nice selection of species present.