DNCB/BBPA Casual Birding Walk – March 9, 2016

Almost 30 folk enjoyed a dry but windy quarterly Birds on the Bay outing in Boundary Bay Regional Park led by Tom Bearss from the Delta Nats.  Not a lot of birds seen, but a few neat species, and a super gabfest and feed for most.  We met at historic Cammidge House at 9:00 a.m.

IMG_3500Following Tom’s introductory gibberish, introducing a few Newbies, and taking the obligatory Group Photo on the house steps, we started our walk to Centennial Beach via the native plant Garden and Pond.  We scared up a few Mallards and American Wigeon in the slough along the road and lots of photogenic Bald Eagles too.

At the Beach the water was high with receding tide.  No Shorebirds close by but some Surf and a few White Scoters were “rafting” in the Bay.  A small flock (9) of Black Oystercatchers, rare sighting at this beach, landed for good looks, and a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers drifted by too.

The home-made cookies, egg salad sandwiches, cheeses, breads and fruit were scrumptious.  Thanks to Delta Nats Ladies Rochelle, Elizabeth, Eleanor and Sandra.

HERITAGE DAY – February 21, 2016

IMG_2799Heritage Day morning opened with brilliant sunshine which slowly clouded over with a brisk wind from the south. Not bad really but most visitors could not resist stopping to look at the Model T cars and Chevy pick-up on their way into Cammidge House.

 

IMG_2836By 1 o’clock everything was ready, tables with interesting displays by the Delta Heritage Commission, Metro Vancouver Parks, Delta Naturalists and BBPA’s heritage review of our local parks, heritage homes in South Delta and a visual history of Cammidge House.

Even though the weather remained discouraging seventy seven visitors checked in and enjoyed the displays and the tea and cookies afterwards.

IMG_2827SIt is always interesting to meet people who have lived their lives in South Delta and a picture will revive old memories. As they tell their stories other visitors who are relative newcomers get a first hand account of how life has changed over the past fifty years.