June 29th, Uplands Park Bird Walk – from David Newell:
On Sunday, June 29, Geoffrey will be leading his Friends of Uplands Park Bird Walk. Please meet at 9:00 a.m. in the large parking lot out at the end of Cattle Point. Uplands Park is at the north end of
Willows Beach in Oak Bay.
After observing sea and shore birds, we will head inland into the park. Learn the calls and beautiful songs of warblers as we walk through the extra-ordinary Garry Oak Meadow Community.
On our June 15 bird walk we discovered a small population of beautiful, miniscule purple flowers, with a white at the centre of their petals. They also had yellow stamens that were very obvious. The flowers were found in one of the vernal pools near the central meadow. They turn out to be Linanthus bicolor or Bicoloured Flaxflower, [photo at E-Flora BC]a member of the Phlox family, a tap-rooted annual, scattered in open, dry to vernally moist sites at low elevations. Southern Vancouver Island is the northern tip of its range, like several other plants found in the Uplands Park Garry Oak Meadow Community. We will likely find it again on June 29, when the amazing Mountain Sneezeweed [photo at e_Flora BC] should be out. (Pojar, Jim and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of Coastal British Columbia – an excellent book to own). Please bring a friend!
Cheers from David, Brigitte, Geoffrey and Jean Newell!
Jacques Sirois, former Canadian Wildlife Service Biologist and present Warden of the Oak Bay Islands Ecoreserve asked us to distribute the attached poster regarding ocean birding along the Oak Bay waterfront that he designed and has offered to the Municipality of Oak Bay to post on their website. Anne Hansen, the Oystercatcher Lady, who has
drawn many of these birds, was the artist. Both Jacques and Anne have been on Geoffrey’s walks. Thank you Jacques and Anne!
PDF of Poster JacquesSirois_OakBay_poster_rev5_email