20 April

Orca (Orcinus orca), also known as killer whale.

ORCA! We had to wait for more than a week to say the magic word but today was the day. While scanning for Bonaparte’s gull, Rasmus suddenly finds three breaching killer whales (two adult and a young one) moving steady towards northeast. All the counting was for a short while paused to observe the fantastic creatures for at least two minutes. Sea lions were also on the move today and at least 50, most likely Californian Sea Lions were seen moving north. The morning started with heavy fog so counting was reduced but good numbers of Loons and Common Murres were still seen. Counting time: 06:30-14:00. 41 seabird species counted. Weather: Limited visibility due to fog, less than 500 meter until 10:00 and good visibility for the rest of the day. Weak wind from northwest 5 ms (11mph).

Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 280
Brant (Branta bernicla) 356
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 14
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 11
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 5
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 1560
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 30
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 7
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 162
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 11496
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 244
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 2
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 1
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 2
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 136
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 135
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 93
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 257
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 31
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 3
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 5
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 215
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 3
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 288
Western/Least Sandpiper 5920
Dowitcher sp. 7
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 15850
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 46
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 6
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 8
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 14
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 5
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 8
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 247
California Gull (Larus californicus) 233
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 13
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 68
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 83
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 1
Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) 3

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