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.
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).
Finally! After a week of slow migration, this day offered a nice variety of species with several seen in large numbers. Northern Shovelers were counted to an impressive 1428 individuals. Lots of shorebirds were also seen, among which more than 20 000 sandpipers (mostly western), 2680 dunlins and 1370 dowitchers. Another surprise was the number of Greater white-fronted Goose (1231 individuals counted) which we had thought were mostly done migrating at this time. As icing on the cake, a few whales was seen well during the day. A pod of five Humpback whales as a first from Boiler Bay for us. Counting time: 05:50-16:50. 37 420 seabirds of 45 species counted. As promised by the forecast, the wind turned from south to northwest during the morning and increased from < 3 m/s (< 7mph) to 8 m/s (18mph). In addition, it was raining almost all the time between 07:30-12:00.
A calm day at Boiler Bay with very little movement over the sea. Small flocks of Western/ Least Sandpiper and Pacific Loons were heading north but other than migration was surely taking a break today. Counting time 05:50-11:20. 6346 seabirds of 27 species counted. Weather was nice with some fog patches in the morning. Wind was slow from southwest < 3 m/s (< 7mph).
This day was the day of the auks! Four species were seen with a Tufted Puffin as the highlight of the day. Marbled Murrelets which usually have been seen in small numbers could be counted with a high of 203 birds heading north. Almost all birds were seen in pairs which probably means that the incubation still hasn’t started. Common Murre and Rhinocerous Auklets were seen in normal numbers and most of the murre flocks were heading south, probably towards Yaquina Head. Other than the auks, some loons migrating north and a male Harlequin Duck are worth mentioning. Counting time 06:00-11:30. 6602 seabirds of 30 species counted. Weather was compared to most days best in the morning with a beautiful red sun rising in the east. However, the clouds took over fast and we ended up with a continuously raining towards noon. Wind was low from southeast/south,
Less rain than the past days gave a more pleasant stay at the seawatch. However, the migration was weak and we still wait for the peak of loons and shorebirds. Highlights of the day were four Harlequin Duck (three males and one female), several good whale sightings and fairly good numbers of loons. Counting time 06:00-12:00. 5536 seabirds of 33 species counted. Weather: Calm, wind from northwest,
A rainy day at Boiler Bay made seawatching difficult and a lot of time was spent under the cover of umbrellas. The high effort was rewarded by the highest number of Sooty Shearwaters so far and fairly good numbers of loons. Apart from those, movement of migrating birds was low. Counting time: 06:00-11:00. 12832 seabirds of 33 species counted. Weather was cloudy with lots of showers during the morning. Wind moderate from south, southwest, 7 m/s (15mph).