Boiler Bay Seawatch

23 April


You get spoiled quickly in Boiler Bay. Another day of poor migration today compared to the days before yesterday. To boost morale and escape the rain for a while, a pause was done in the sea watching in order to go to nearby Depoe Bay for a coffee. We can’t help but feel like this is the calm before the storm, maybe the pressure is building up for some massive migration in the days ahead. Counting time 06:00 – 08:00 and again 09:10 – 11:10. 3774 seabirds of 31 species counted. Weather consisted of showers and overcast skies with winds from the south, about 3 m/s (7mph).

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 140
Brant (Branta bernicla) 131
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 102
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 10
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 499
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 23
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 3
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 2
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 324
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 518
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 20
Loon sp. 217
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 13
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 6
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 139
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 39
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 90
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 21
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 11
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 2
Western/Least Sandpiper 450
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 670
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 65
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 30
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 16
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 6
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 3
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 116
California Gull (Larus californicus) 56
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 4
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 31
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 16
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 3
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 1