3 May

The birds keep coming, third day in a row with really good migration. Gladly, a lot of other birdwatchers coming to Boiler Bay during the weekend got to enjoy it as well! Pacific Loons were the most numerous today (40 000+), flying in a steady stream during the morning. Common Murres, California Gulls and the usual shorebirds were also seen in large numbers. Other highlights of the day were the first Heermann’s Gull for the count and two Fork-tailed Storm Petrels. Counting time 05:50-15:00. 84266 seabirds of 47 species counted. Weather was partly cloudy in the morning with decreasing cloud clover towards noon. Wind was moderate from north-northwest 7 m/s (15mph).

Seawatchers at Boiler Bay
Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 155
Brant (Branta bernicla) 268
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 4
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 3
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 22
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 2214
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 51
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 13
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 223
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 40361
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 516
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 7
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 17
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 156
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 2
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 159
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 121
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 114
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 21
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 72
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 52
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 5
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 115
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 1
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 6
Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 5
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 1340
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 10
Western/Least Sandpiper 12190
Dowitcher sp. 76
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 2126
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 20990
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 81
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 85
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 73
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1210
Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni) 1
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 38
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 272
California Gull (Larus californicus) 944
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 28
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 36
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 51
Tern sp. 18
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 1
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 1

2 thoughts on “3 May

  1. We had the best time with you guys. I have been inspired to do this every year and am sorry we couldn’t
    be there for the next few days. WOW what a migration. Thanks for all your great counting! Love the Storm petrels. We want to make sure you are invited to stay at our home if you make it to Central Oregon. Raven and Damian.


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