Iona Regional Park Birding

Iona Regional Park Birding

Nature Vancouver held a birding field trip at Iona Regional Park on Thursday October 21, 2022, led by Jan Lowcock, Harvey Dueck and Michele Baudais.    A group of experienced and new birders scanned the outer ponds, wooded area, the adjacent section of the Fraser River and the mudflats at low tide.   The inner settling pond areas are now closed to the public, but the south ponds were viewed from the elevated walkway.  

Eyes on the sky proved most rewarding with sightings of a Merlin, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Osprey, flocks of Snow Geese and Double-crested Cormorants.  After a morning appearance of three River Otters in the outer duck pond, we eventually spotted 8 duck species, American Coots and Pied-billed Grebes.  Shore birds were represented by a single Lesser Yellowlegs, feeding at the edge of the south settling pond.  Forest fire smoke, though visible, didn’t hamper identification of 42 bird species on a pleasantly warm October day. 

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