16 April

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

15 April

A calm day at Boiler Bay with very low numbers of migrating birds. However, this gave good opportunities to watch migrating gray whales and at least four could be counted moving north. Another Fork-tailed Stom-petrel was seen today giving good  views at the same distance as yesterday. Counting time:06:10-11:10. 31 species of seabirds counted. Weather, sunny and hazy with moderate wind, 5 m/s (11mph) from west.

Black oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)
Bird species list:
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 1
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 93
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 11
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 12
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 149
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 224
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 6
Loon sp. 24
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 6
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 7
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 17
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 1
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 90
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 50
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 71
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 48
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 3
Western/Least Sandpiper 4
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1327
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 19
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 4
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 6
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 3
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 5
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 188
California Gull (Larus californicus) 12
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 37
Thayer’s Gull (Larus thayeri) 3
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 15
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 22
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 4
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 5
Small whale sp. 1

14 April

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

13 april

First day at Bolier Bay started of calm with small numbers of Surf Scoter, Loons, Auks and Gulls. Counting time 06:00 – 11:30, 25 species of seabirds counted. Weather; sunny in the morning with increasing cloudiness during noon. Wind, calm 5 m/s (11mph) from south/southwest.

Western Gull
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Bird species list:
Brant (Branta bernicla) 1
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 46
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 1
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 1171
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 27
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 43
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 10
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 238
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 27
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 10
Loon sp. 49
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 24
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 144
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 188
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 65
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 244
Western/Least Sandpiper (Calidris mauri/minutilla) 120
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 534
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 29
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 5
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 5
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 3
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 464
California Gull (Larus californicus) 44
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 39
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 29
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 5
 Whale species list: