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 golden-crowned) and gulls (glaucous-winged, ring-billed, mew). Marsh wrens scolded, northern harriers worked the foreshore and great blue herons were plentiful. High points of the day were seven Wilson’s snipe in the field at Steves farm and a distant view of an immature rough-legged hawk on the foreshore. Eighteen of us gathered for lunch at Shady Island Seafood Bar and Grill. Later, a couple of us stopped at Terra Nova and were rewarded with several thousand snow geese and a northern shrike. Eric Walther, who continued the walk after we turned around to go for lunch, saw a peregrine falcon.