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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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Blakeburn Lagoons Park

Blakeburn Lagoons Park

Field Trip Report by Colin Clasen Saturday October 13, 2018. Blakeburn Lagoons Park, Port Coquitlam. Leader Larry Cowan. This was Nature Vancouver’s first birding field trip to this new park, which opened on April 28, 2018. There was a total of 18 participants who enjoyed the mild weather conditions with mostly blue sky and no wind. In just the 5 short months since opening, an impressive 119 land and water species have been recorded there. During our 2-hour visit, we…

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Birding Boundary Bay

Birding Boundary Bay

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…

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Bluebird Trail

Bluebird Trail

Chicks and Wasps Galore – Behind the Scenes of a First-Year Bluebird Trail. Ever wondered what it’s like to be a nest box monitor? A teen birder shares her adventures from the field. Click on the link below to read the story. Bluebird Nest Box Trail Note: For many years, long time members of Nature Vancouver, Joe and Doreen Sadowski, have helped maintain a next box trail for Western Bluebirds, near 100 Mile House, BC.

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Date: October 4, 2018  Trip report by leader, Thomas Plath Fourteen participants enjoyed a gorgeous sunny morning at Reifel Refuge. The entrance pond hosted 300+ Long-billed Dowitchers, all milling about talking to each other and of course on the look for avian threats. A tight group of Northern Shoveler was observed “spinning’ as a group, to bring organic material to the water surface for sieving. Decent looks were had of one of their predators – an immature Peregrine Falcon in…

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Pitt River & DeBoville Slough, Port Coquitlam

Pitt River & DeBoville Slough, Port Coquitlam

Birding Field Trip – Sat. Sept. 01, 2018 Leader: Larry Cowan / Trip Report: Colin Clasen  Twelve participants enjoyed a very mild, dry and partly sunny day, with a mix of experienced and new birders. We first met at Victoria and Cedar Drives in Port Coquitlam, then car-pooled south to the start of the walk at the east end of Nicola Place. We then had a nice leisurely 3 km walk north along the Pitt River to the mouth of DeBoville Slough,…

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Barn Owl Nest Box Campaign

Barn Owl Nest Box Campaign

By Nature Vancouver and Delta Naturalists  Report submitted by Peter Ward Barn Owls are listed under the category Federal Species at Riskin Canada, and are subject to a Provincial Recovery Plan. The population in BC is confined to the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, and to the south coast agricultural regions of Vancouver Island. The main habitat requirement is pasture land, and the favourite food source is Townsend’s Vole. Since 2011, members of Nature Vancouver (Peter Ward, Ken Hall and John…

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