A Tale of Local Port Moody Wildlife

Herons are an iconic sight around the Tri City area especially near the Colony Farms trail head area. With the demolition of the old Port Mann Bridge many conservationists according to this article: http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/202214651.html were concerned that this would harm the population of over 200 herons that call the area home.

The good news? The Noons Creek Estuary sight was the perfect spot to relocate the extra birds to expand on the local Port Moody wildlife family. Now there are roughly 17 couples settled in the area that are raising their young here.

Although there was great cause for concern, the populations are settling in now that it is 3 years after the demolition started in their original habitat space. For bird watching enthusiasts Old Orchard Park and Old Mill Site Park are great locations for hearing and watching the heron nests.

Besides the local herons, we have a wide variety of local hummingbirds that come feed close to our house at designated feeders set out for them.

Once the Port Mann area has been settled, many herons will likely resettle there.

For more information on local bird watching marvels, feel free to email us. We’d love to connect you with a group during your stay.

Your host,

Mary Ellen Hagglund

2013: A Good Year for the Birds

Before Barry and I decided to open up Mainstay Oasis as a bed and breakfast in the Port Moody area, we had teenagers and friends running around 916 Alderside Road. We often joke that we turned our house into BnB so our adult kids couldn’t move back home. Although there is a grain of truth to every joke, we do love hosting people of all ages and walks of life.

Around this time of year, I get slightly nostalgic about the early memories when we built the house. We had just moved in and the kids excitedly were pointing out the kitchen nook window. I’ll never forget the vision of that regal bird swooping down in front of me on our newly finished dock. One of the native blue herons from the nearby estuary came for lunch. He was fondly named, Franklin. The constant sighting of many birds from water fowl to eagles fueled my passion for birding watching. Hence, binoculars are at the window sill ready for action.

January is our earliest sighting of Eagles. Today I’m watching the Goldeneye swimming outside the kitchen window. Springtime the Canadian Geese parents proudly

parade their goslings around our dock. This morning I  caught sight of a harbor seal flick it’s tail as it dove under water.

Did you know that over 370 species of birds have been sighted and annually over 250 species sighted from Osprey, Flickers, Humming Birds, Towhees, Mergansers,

Kingfishers, Juncos, Woodpeckers, StellarsJay and many others!

According to NatureVancouver.ca, there are various ‘hot-spots’ throughout the lower mainland that are designated for sightings.

A few besides our backyard include:

Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Park, picturesque and serene is home to wonderful walking trails, and a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. It’s no wonder that birds brood in and around here.

Barnet Marine Park

This park is one of the quieter parks in the area. People often forget it’s there simply because they use the Barnet to scoot into the city. But if you turn into the park area,

you’re in for a treat as it has a wonderful view of the fork in the water where the Indian Arm and the Burrard Inlet merge. Tons to see and do here.

Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby

See a wonderful view of the Lower Mainland while you identify species along the way. Bordering on the campus of Simon Fraser University at the top of Burnaby Mountain, you’re truly in for a panorama vista as you watch the sunset and enjoy a wonderfully decadent dinner at Horizon’s Fine Dining Restaurant.

http://www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

You will find field trips with fellow birders around the area. Two upcoming events that are happening in the New Year are:

Saturday, January 18

Jericho Park Bird Walkk

Saturday,January 18.2014.

This half day walk will cover the whole Park, featuring the foreshore and ponds and brushy trails.Last year we tallied sanderlings and ring-necked ducks. Meet in the East parking lot(free)on W 2nd Ave.,at Wallace St., at 8:30 a.m.Leader;Adrian Grant Duff,604 263 7957.

Saturday, January 18

Birding Port Coquitlam’s Northern Dykes

Join Colin Clasen, filling in for Larry Cowan, for a half-day birding field trip to Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke from Dominion Ave. back to the parking area at DeBoville Slough. This field trip route covers a distance of approx 5km with some excellent dyke-side habitats. We will be on the hunt for resident and visiting wintering species. Meet in the main parking area at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0900. We will then carpool to our start at the east end of Dominion Ave. 604-817-5358

Find more great birding activities, communities and more at @NatureVancouver.

During your birding adventures, let us know if you are in the area and we’d love to host you and hear all about your travels.

Your Host

Mary Ellen Hagglund

~ Your Host of Mainstay Oasis BnB