Posted by: Anne Murray | July 9, 2009

Iona Regional Park July 8 2009

I joined Tom Bearss’ group of Delta Nature’s casual birders today for a trip to Iona Regional Park. Flocks of several dozen Least Sandpipers together with Semipalmated Sandpipers and Western Sandpipers were feeding on the muddy shores of the sewage lagoons. These were adult birds with most in breeding plumage. According to Dennis Paulson’s Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest, Iona is a good spot for Semipalmated Sandpipers in July. After coming south as far as the Fraser Estuary, Paulson reckons that they must head east through the interior, as they are not notably present in large numbers at shorebird stopovers further south. As well as the “peeps” we enjoyed a Spotted Sandpiper and its newly fledged young one, several families of Gadwalls with large broods of ducklings and the usual mix of White-crowned Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Brewer’s Blackbirds, Starlings and other songbirds that live in the weedy parts of the park.

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