5 May

It was with a bit of sadness in our hearts that we left Boiler Bay around noon. Today was our last day of seawatching after spending more than three weeks at the same place. It has been a wonderful time with a lot of good birding and we think that we got to experience the spring along the Pacific West Coast in a different and interesting way compared to Sweden. One thing we didn’t really expect was to meet so many nice and curious people from all over United States, many which never had seen the ocean in their lives. We would like to thank all the nice birders who have been supporting us with food and beverages at the point and special thanks to Janet Lambersson for letting us use your house. We don’t know we had been able to make this trip otherwise!

The birding on our last day was a bit slow and no big numbers were moving north. However, a few sightings of Fork-tailed Storm-petrel kept us busy and it must at least have been two different individuals. Counting time 05:50-10:50. 5732 seabirds of 35 species counted. Weather was supposed to be showers but we managed to stay away from the heavier clouds and got away with only a few drops. Wind was weak from southwest 5 m/s (11mph).

Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 58
Brant (Branta bernicla) 31
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 7
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 2
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 156
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 26
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 193
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 919
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 170
Loon sp. 1
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 6
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 9
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 3
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 2
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 50
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 50
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 29
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 7
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 11
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 162
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 5
Western/Least Sandpiper 1490
Dowitcher sp. 2
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 420
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1640
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 39
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 10
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 91
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 29
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 2
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 45
California Gull (Larus californicus) 42
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 4
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 14

 

Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus)  2
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4 May

An interesting day! Even if the number of recorded species were lower than previous days we counted high numbers of Common Murres and Loons as well as some interesting birds like Tufted Puffin and Fork-tailed Storm-petrel. A surprise was the high count of Rinocerous Auklet and Marbled Murrulet. The number of Rinocerous Auklet was the highest count during our seawatch period. We had also very good views on some feeding Gray Whales just a few hundred meters offshore. We were also told that one of them, which had a scar on its back, had been returning for several years and had by the locals been named scarback. Highlight: Tufted Puffin and Fork-tailed Storm-petrel. Counting time 05:50-12:00. 44935 seabirds of 37 species counted. Weather was cloudy with a weak wind from west-southwest 3 m/s (6mph).

Bird species list:
Brant (Branta bernicla) 393
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 1012
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 24
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 3
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 9
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 701
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 18952
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 175
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 3
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 4
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 4
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 1
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 83
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 49
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 203
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 3
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 38
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 185
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 3
Western/Least Sandpiper 460
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 640
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 20540
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 92
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 185
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 356
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) 1
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 532
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 132
California Gull (Larus californicus) 124
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 9
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 5
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 5
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 1

3 May

The birds keep coming, third day in a row with really good migration. Gladly, a lot of other birdwatchers coming to Boiler Bay during the weekend got to enjoy it as well! Pacific Loons were the most numerous today (40 000+), flying in a steady stream during the morning. Common Murres, California Gulls and the usual shorebirds were also seen in large numbers. Other highlights of the day were the first Heermann’s Gull for the count and two Fork-tailed Storm Petrels. Counting time 05:50-15:00. 84266 seabirds of 47 species counted. Weather was partly cloudy in the morning with decreasing cloud clover towards noon. Wind was moderate from north-northwest 7 m/s (15mph).

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Seawatchers at Boiler Bay
Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 155
Brant (Branta bernicla) 268
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 3
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 22
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 2214
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 51
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 13
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 223
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 40361
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 516
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 7
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 17
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 156
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 2
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 159
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 121
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 114
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 21
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 72
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 52
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 5
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 115
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 1
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 6
Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 5
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1340
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 10
Western/Least Sandpiper 12190
Dowitcher sp. 76
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 2126
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 20990
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 81
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 85
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 73
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1210
Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni) 1
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 38
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 272
California Gull (Larus californicus) 944
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 28
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 36
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 51
Tern sp. 18
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 1
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 1

2 May

Wow, what a day! The birds kept us really busy until noon and the mechanical counters were used to their breaking-point. Flock after flock of Red-necked Phalarope, Common Murre, Pacific Loon and Western Sandpiper flew in a continuous stream on their journey towards northern latitudes and were all counted in 10 000+ each. Best birds were a Tufted Puffin, a Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, three Harlequin Ducks and the first Red Knots and Arctic Terns for the count. After the last two days of good migration we have really started to understand how big of a role the wind plays. As soon as the wind started to increase and turning from south to north the birds started appearing in great numbers. Counting time 05:50-14:20. 78522 seabirds of 54 species counted. Weather was almost like yesterday, sunny with a nice blue sky which increased our suntan. Wind was around 7 m/s (15mph) from northwest.

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Red-necked phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

 

Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 231
Brant (Branta bernicla) 964
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 4
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 25
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 6
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 38
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 63
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) 3
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 7080
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 41
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 19
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 15
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 23
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 20222
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 217
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 6
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 20
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 25
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 1
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 82
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 82
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 129
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 28
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 93
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 105
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 2
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 103
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 12
Curlew sp. 14
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 29
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) 1
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 14
Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 3
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 5700
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 10
Western/Least Sandpiper 13310
Dowitcher sp. 265
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 15364
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 12240
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 75
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 49
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 71
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) 1
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1132
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 6
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 245
California Gull (Larus californicus) 255
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 17
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 19
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 37
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) 16

 

Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 2
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 3

1 May

A great day at Boiler Bay today! Shorebirds was the main group of birds migrating. Large flocks were moving from early morning until afternoon. The flocks often consisted of 100 individuals but some as big as 2000! Most of the birds were Western Sandpiper but good numbers was also counted for species such as Dunlin, Dowitcher and Semipalmated Plover. Highlights of the day was of course the shorebird migration, a Tufted Puffin and two Franklin’s Gull. Counting time 05:50-14:50. 75217 seabirds of 54 species counted. Weather was nice with a blue sky for the whole day. The wind was moderate to strong from northwest 8 m/s (17mph).

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Western/Least Sandpipers (Calidris mauri/minutilla)
Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 496
Brant (Branta bernicla) 674
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 105
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 8
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 144
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 23
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 223
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 92
Scaup sp. 3
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 5180
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 28
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 4
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) 1
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 23
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 34
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 22
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 2676
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 85
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 12
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 21
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 8
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 89
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 87
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 66
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 49
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 126
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 130
Yellowlegs sp. 4
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 307
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) 10
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 6
Curlew sp. 17
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 2
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) 24
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 10
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 3285
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 73
Western/Least Sandpiper 54730
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 1
Dowitcher sp. 1061
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 63
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 4350
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 99
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 127
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 53
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) 1
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 31
Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) 2
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 9
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 297
California Gull (Larus californicus) 83
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 27
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 24
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 102
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 6

30 April

The last day of April could be summed up as a pleasant one for seawatching. 12 000+ Western/Least Sandpipers kept us busy during most of the morning. As usual, some Dunlin and a few Sanderlings were mixed in the flocks. A Ruddy Turnstone in one of the flocks was a first for us at Boiler Bay.  To our delight, 12 Gray Whales were seen during the day which made a new highest count. Counting time 05:55-12:25. 16215 seabirds of 42 species counted. Weather was sunny with wind from northwest 3 m/s (7mph) increasing to 6 m/s (13mph) around noon.

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 7
Brant (Branta bernicla) 2
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 8
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 4
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 16
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 176
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 4
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 57
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 1047
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 33
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 13
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 135
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 157
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 27
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 76
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 64
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) 2
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 23
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 15
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 13
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 5
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 49
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 106
Western/Least Sandpiper 12150
Dowitcher sp. 25
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1610
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 37
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 52
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 12
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 9
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 80
California Gull (Larus californicus) 25
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 3
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 13
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 143
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 12

29 April

After yesterday’s great movement we were back to the slow migration seen last week. Not much can be said about the seawatch today. Small flocks of Western/Least Sandpiper along with Pacific Loon were heading north and some movement of Sooty Shearwater moving south very far in the horizon. Counting time: 05:50-10:50. 4849 seabirds of 29 species counted. Weather was mostly nice even though some areas of rain passed just north and south of Boiler Bay. Wind was slow from southwest < 3 m/s (< 7mph).

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Dawn at Boiler Bay
Bird species list:
Brant (Branta bernicla) 6
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 116
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 4
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 37
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 259
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 19
Loon sp. 3
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 3
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 7
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 302
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 159
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 124
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 43
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 43
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 4
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1
Western/Least Sandpiper 1850
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1660
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 33
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 20
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 16
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 99
California Gull (Larus californicus) 9
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 1
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 11
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 12
Whale species list:
None