Boiler Bay Seawatch

14 April

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Moderatly movements at Boiler Bay today with Cackling Geese, Loons, Surf Scoters and Common Murres. All the movements of the Common Murres were probably to and from feeding grounds and this particular day the majority of movements were towards south. Highlight of the day became the Fork-tailed Storm-petrel which was seen feeding at 700 meters west of the observation point. The ashy-grey color and the black pattern on coverts could be seen well. Counting time: 06:15-12:15. 28 species of seabirds counted. Weather: Light showers in the morning and clearing towards noon. Wind, 7 m/s (15mph) from west turning southwest.

Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii)
Bird species list:
Brant (Branta bernicla) 54
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 364
Branta sp. 100
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 330
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 5
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 20
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 9
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 2
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 75
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 146
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 21
Loon sp. 20
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 2
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 1
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 82
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 382
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 44
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 58
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1
Western/Least Sandpiper (Calidris mauri/minutilla) 7
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 4260
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 28
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 2
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 302
California Gull (Larus californicus) 50
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 17
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 30
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 424
 Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 1
Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) 2
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