August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am Esquimalt Lagoon, Colwood, BC, Canada
The VNHS Saturday Morning Birding Group will go to Esquimalt Lagoon this Sat Aug 24. Meet at 7:30 am near thebridge. As well as the waterbirds starting to return and the birds along the peninsula, there are shorebirds coming back south after breeding in the north. It’s always interesting at this time of year so worth going reasonably often. Esquimalt Lagoon is on Ocean Blvd, off the Old Island Highway. For more details, contact Agnes Lynn at thelynns at shaw.ca or 250-721-0634.
August 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Alpine Sidney Spit Ferry
Monday August 26 FIELD TRIP (LEVEL 3) Sidney Spit Birding It’s the time of year to make the trek over to Sidney Spit on Sidney Island to look for interesting shorebirds on their southern migration. There are always good ones reported from there – Baird’s Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers and plovers, maybe even that illusive Buff-breasted Sandpiper we hope to see! Also close-ups on Purple Martins and we’ll see other passerines in the woods. You will be impressed with the recent impressive removal of invasive plants from the Spit to allow more habitat for native plants and areas for nesting birds. Bring a lunch and drinks (no water available on island). Due to the over-crowding on the ferry on the weekend, we have chosen to go during the week. We will go over on the ferry from Sidney that leaves at 10:00 a.m. Be there about an hour early to buy your ticket as it can sell out. Cost is $19 for adults ($16 seniors). Ferry leaves from the foot of Beacon Ave. Allow enough time to find a place to park. Parking rates vary on how far you are willing to walk. The return ferry leaves the island at 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. so you can choose how long you wish to stay. Contact Agnes at thelynns at shaw.ca or (250) 721-0634 for more information.