Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds – Sunday, May 14, 2017

Someone must have appeased the weather gods; Mother’s Day was a bit cool and windy but the sun was shining making it a very pleasant day for the annual Tea with the Birds.

Estimates varied but there were 80 to 100 visitors enjoying the displays and refreshments and 40 or more on the birding walk led by Tom Bearss.

Samantha Woods, Metro Vancouver Parks Interpreter, Drew Bondar and his colleague from Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust and Catherine Jardine from Birds Studies Canada all had interesting displays related to the theme of Stopping Points: Helping Birds along the Way. People were captivated by the Goshawk and Harris’s Hawk from Raptor Ranch. Delta Naturalists Society display, manned by Terry Carr, Jim Kneesch, Chris McVittie, Anita DenDikken, Valerie Fuller and Valerie Whitlam was as educational and entertaining as always. Boundary Bay Park Association’s Volunteer Coordinator Justine Nelson was showcasing the new BBPA poster board and volunteer brochure she created.

Don Brodeur dropped by with his Model T which also got lots of attention.

Metro Vancouver staff, led by Jennifer Cote, were efficient, cheerful and helpful and BBPA volunteer JoAnne McAllister and new BBPA member Lauris Williams were a great help, particularly when it came to serving refreshments.

The only thing which could be improved in future is the visibility of a couple of the displays. The two which were around the corner of the porch probably didn’t get their fair share of visitors. If the weather permits, we could look at having more displays on the lawn.

See Jim Kneesch and Terry Carr’s photos at:

Birds in Focus – Photography Workshop – Sunday, April 23

Local photographer (Delta Naturalists Society/Delta Photo Club) Jack MacDonald did an excellent photography workshop complementing the skills of the 18 keen photographers that attended our event, originally made popular by the late Ursula Easterbrook. The presentation explored basic and advanced photography skills, techniques, digital aspects, equipment selection, places to go and more. Jack stressed that most important things to remember when photographing birds are; don’t cause the birds stress, check the settings of your camera before each shoot and read your camera manual.


All the photographers brought their camera equipment, and asked questions and practiced photographing the captive raptors.

Special thanks to Gail Stanton and the Raptor Ranch staff for introducing the birds and showing them in many different poses, demonstrating each bird’s characteristics. The birds featured:

  • Draco – Harris’s Hawk,  handler Gail
  • Lightning – Gyr Saker Falcon, handler Laura
  • Dylan- Finnish Goshawk, handler Nina

Thanks to Rochelle and Don for providing the refreshments and to Elizabeth and JoAnne for handling the coffee break and clean up.