SISKA Birding Paddle

The 2nd annual SISKA birding paddle was held on Sun May 11, under perfect conditions! Daniel Donnecke, a local naturalist, and his 13 year old son Leo, also an accomplished birder and paddler, lead 10 SISKA paddlers from their launch at Oak Bay Marina.

 The trip plan was simply to look for the birds. After observing and learning to identify many species among the islets, the group then crossed over to Discovery Island where they saw no less than 185 Western Sandpipers, 5 Black-bellied plovers, 5 semi-palmated plovers, 1 kildeer and 1 Dunlin on the mud flats. Canada Goose goslings were also spotted on Big Chain island. The day’s total count included 33 different species.

Daniel’s enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and love of both bird and paddle made this a wonderful learning experience and great paddle day for SISKA members.

Special thanks to Daniel and Leo, and also to Beth Haysom our trip leader, and Debbie, her able assistant.

Thanks everyone for a great day!

Submitted by Marjorie Sandercock