Boiler Bay Seawatch

2 May

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Wow, what a day! The birds kept us really busy until noon and the mechanical counters were used to their breaking-point. Flock after flock of Red-necked Phalarope, Common Murre, Pacific Loon and Western Sandpiper flew in a continuous stream on their journey towards northern latitudes and were all counted in 10 000+ each. Best birds were a Tufted Puffin, a Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, three Harlequin Ducks and the first Red Knots and Arctic Terns for the count. After the last two days of good migration we have really started to understand how big of a role the wind plays. As soon as the wind started to increase and turning from south to north the birds started appearing in great numbers. Counting time 05:50-14:20. 78522 seabirds of 54 species counted. Weather was almost like yesterday, sunny with a nice blue sky which increased our suntan. Wind was around 7 m/s (15mph) from northwest.

Red-necked phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

 

Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 231
Brant (Branta bernicla) 964
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 1
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 4
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 25
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 6
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 38
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 63
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) 3
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 7080
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 41
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 19
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 15
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 23
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 20222
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 217
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 6
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 20
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 25
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 1
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 82
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 82
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 129
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 28
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 93
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 105
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 2
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 103
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 12
Curlew sp. 14
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 29
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala) 1
Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 14
Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 3
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 5700
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 10
Western/Least Sandpiper 13310
Dowitcher sp. 265
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 15364
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 12240
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 75
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 49
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 71
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) 1
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1132
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 6
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 245
California Gull (Larus californicus) 255
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 17
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 19
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 37
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) 16

 

Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 2
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 3
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