30 April

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.

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 7
Brant (Branta bernicla) 2
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 8
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 1
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 4
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 16
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 176
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 4
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 57
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 1047
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 33
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 1
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 13
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 135
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 157
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 27
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 76
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 64
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) 2
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 23
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 15
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 13
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 5
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 49
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 106
Western/Least Sandpiper 12150
Dowitcher sp. 25
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1610
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 37
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 52
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 12
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 9
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 80
California Gull (Larus californicus) 25
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 3
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 13
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 143
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 12

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