BIRDS ON THE BAY – December 17, 2014

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On a typical mild but overcast Winter Wednesday morning in Delta, about 20 DNCBers enjoyed our quarterly Birds on the Bay (BOTB) outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park (BBRP).  Hi-lites included a BOTB201417BMerlin flyby, Cinnamon Teal, some almost-interesting conversation and some scrumptious home-made scones and cookies in Cammidge House at the end of the Walk.  Check out the photo evidence from Terry, Liz, Glen, Roger and others on the DNCB Picasa site.

Although, not a stellar day, our keen birders were able to sight and identify the following species; Anna’s Hummingbirds, House Finches Mallards, American Widgeons, Common Goldeneye, Brewers Blackbirds, Starlings, Red-winged Blackbirds, a flock of Sanderlings, Spotted Towhees, Robins, Chickadees, Golden-crowned sparrows, Fox sparrows, Song sparrows, Great Blue Herons,BOTB201417A Northern Flickers, a Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Harriers, a flock of American Pipits, Green-winged Teals, Northern Pintails, Canada Geese, Gadwall, Brant Geese, Bald Eagles, Eurasian Widgeons, Dunlins, a female Bufflehead, a Downy Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Juncos, and a Marsh Wren.

Santa at Cammidge House – December 7, 2014

IMG_2218The first week of December is always a busy time for the Members of the Boundary Bay Park Association. The major event is Santa’s visit to Cammidge House on the first Sunday of the month.

This is preceded by decorating the House on the Wednesday and hosting a pot-luck lunch on the Friday to thank all those people in the Community who help us put on events throughout the year.

Weather can have a big effect on Santa’s visit. This year we had continuous rain for the days leading up to the Sunday so it was a relief to wake-up to sunny skies and warm temperatures that put everyone in a good mood.IMG_2224

By one o’clock everything was ready and the first families started arriving followed by a steady stream until three o’clock when Santa retired for the year. We had 60 children visiting Santa, plus their families, for a grand total of 120 over the two hours.

All-in-all a happy event for visitors and members alike.