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, then another 2 km west to the meet-up point at the start of DeBoville Slough.

Larry has been leading this September walk since 2012, with the highest species count being 41 in 2016 and the lowest being 31 in 2012. On this September 2018 walk, we saw an impressive 56 species, shattering his previous record by 15 species, which is hard to do at this time of year.

Probably the most notable species seen was a LEWIS’S WOODPECKER, who’s normal range is the southern interior of B.C. It showed itself just long enough for a proof-species photo to be taken. Other notable species included 72 Black Swift, 1 Vaux’s Swift, 1 Virginia Rail, 2 Sandhill Cranes, Pectoral/Western/Spotted Sandpipers, a Green Heron, 3 Ospreys, 3 Cooper’s Hawks, a Turkey Vulture, a Peregrine Falcon, a Red-eyed Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireos, 3 Purple Martins, 1 late Barn Swallow, 2 Gray Catbirds, 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Wilson’s Warbler and 6 Western Tanagers.

Photo: Janet Gabites
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Photo: Janet Gabites
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