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Birding Jericho Park

Birding Jericho Park

Leader Al Grass. Trip Report and Photos by Devon Yu. About eight member participated in this outing on Saturday, 16 February, 2019. Al Grass filled in as the group leader for Adrian Grant Duff. It was cloudy with sunny breaks, the ground was covered with snow, and very slippery. The highlight of the day was the great horned owl, the calls of the crows leading us to find the owl. We tallied about 20 species including great horned owl, bald eagle,…

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Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Birding along River Road in West Richmond

Photos and trip report by Harvey Dueck Michelle and I weren’t clever enough to check the website, and so it wasn’t until we arrived at the starting point on the morning of Saturday February 9th that we discovered trip leader, Kelly Sekhon, had cancelled the trip due to the expected foul weather. We decided to go out anyway, at least as far as Terra Nova to look for the Sora that so many people have reported recently. The weather was…

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BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

Submitted by Graham Sorenson Bird Studies Canada organizes a Coastal Waterbird Survey in British Columbia, and is looking for more volunteers in the Vancouver area, and throughout BC’s coast. This long-term Citizen Science monitoring program involves counting ducks, loons, grebes, gulls, and other waterbirds on the second Sunday of each month from Sept-April. The BC Coastal Waterbird Survey results play an important role in monitoring populations, species recovery strategies, oil spill response planning, and international research initiatives like the Migratory Shorebird Project.  In…

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PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

PITT RIVER DYKE – DEBOVILLE SLOUGH BIRDING FIELD TRIP REPORT – January 19, 2019

This 3-hour, 5.7 km birding field trip with leader Larry Cowan, started in Port Coquitlam on the Pitt River dyke, just north of the Lougheed Highway, at the east end of Nicola Place. We then walked north on the dyke, then west along DeBoville Slough (in Coquitlam). 27 birders braved some rain showers along the way and were rewarded with 30 species. The full eBird report is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51835048 One highlight was a female Evening Grosbeak and Janice White luckily…

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Birds of Nunavut

Birds of Nunavut

Birds of Nunavut edited by James M. Richards and Anthony J. Gaston. UBC Press (2018). Following Text and Cover Photo Courtsey of  UBC Press The price of the two-volume set is $125.00 Canadian. For Nature Vancouver subscribers, UBC Press is offering a 20% discount on the book and free shipping within Canada. Please visit the UBC Press website at http://www.ubcpress.ca/birds-of-nunavut and use the discount code NATUREVAN-20 when ordering. This offer is good until March 31, 2019. Happy birding! Nunavut is home to some of the…

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New Year’s Day Walk & Lunch

New Year’s Day Walk & Lunch

Leader Kelly Sekhon, trip report by Gail Kenner On New Year’s Day, twenty-one members participated in this annual ritual to get a head start on the list of birds seen in a year. Threatened snow and rain didn’t materialize, so we had most agreeable weather for a leisurely walk, in good company, around Garry Point and along Richmond West Dyke. Bird sightings included a number of hooded mergansers, Anna’s hummingbirds, bushtits, spotted towhees, the usual sparrows (fox, song, white- and…

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2018 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

2018 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

Report by Peter Candido and Adrian Grant-Duff The 2018 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count took place on December 16th.  The day began with overcast skies and a stiff E/SE wind, but the rain held off until near noon.  Because of the wind and sea conditions, the team for area Y (English Bay) was not able to get out on the boat as usual.  The post-count gathering included a hearty hot meal prepared by Jude Grass and a challenging bird quiz produced by Angela Bond….

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Jericho Park Birding

Jericho Park Birding

Trip report by Leader Adrian Grant Duff Seventeen members participated in this field trip, on Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, in ideal weather conditions. We tallied 29 species including Brown creeper, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Sparrows (20) and Horned Grebes (2).

Dipper Quest – Birding Field Trip

Dipper Quest – Birding Field Trip

Leader Larry Cowan, trip report by Colin Klasen On Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, twenty participants enjoyed a dry and mostly-sunny day exploring the MapleRidge/Pitt Meadows area with leader Larry Cowan and saw a total of 27 species at 3 locations. The first stop was at Maple Ridge Park on 232 Avenue, looking for the AmericanDipper. The first one was found within a few minutes of scanning the AlouetteRiver and the second one 10 minutes later 200 meters upstream. This fairly…

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Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Trip report by Leader Tom Plath This was another beautiful day for a walk at Reifel Refuge. On October 27, 2018, a dozen or so participants were rewarded with good looks at several raptors. Scope views were had of an obliging Merlin perched near the entrance and then minutes later an immature Peregrine Falcon using the same snag. Stunning views were had of an adult Black-crowned Night Heron watched preening in the open only a few metres away. Hundreds of…

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