Boiler Bay Seawatch

16 April

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Migration today was similar to previous days, with moderate movements of Surf Scoter, Loons, Common Murres and Gulls. Highlights of the day was the whales seen close to shore. Counting time: 06:10-12:10. 31 species of seabirds counted. Weather was sunny with some haze far in the horizon. Moderate wind 5 m/s (11 mph) from west turning to northwest.

Common loon (Gavia immer)
Bird species list:
Brant (Branta bernicla) 4
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 1
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 2
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 10
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 218
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 7
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 4
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 94
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 265
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 16
Loon sp. 7
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 1
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 7
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 4
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 91
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 116
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 86
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 169
Western/Least Sandpiper 13
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 2078
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 41
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 7
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 1
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 4
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 30
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 15
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 235
California Gull (Larus californicus) 34
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 50
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 14
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 124
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 6
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 9
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