5 May

It was with a bit of sadness in our hearts that we left Boiler Bay around noon. Today was our last day of seawatching after spending more than three weeks at the same place. It has been a wonderful time with a lot of good birding and we think that we got to experience the spring along the Pacific West Coast in a different and interesting way compared to Sweden. One thing we didn’t really expect was to meet so many nice and curious people from all over United States, many which never had seen the ocean in their lives. We would like to thank all the nice birders who have been supporting us with food and beverages at the point and special thanks to Janet Lambersson for letting us use your house. We don’t know we had been able to make this trip otherwise!

The birding on our last day was a bit slow and no big numbers were moving north. However, a few sightings of Fork-tailed Storm-petrel kept us busy and it must at least have been two different individuals. Counting time 05:50-10:50. 5732 seabirds of 35 species counted. Weather was supposed to be showers but we managed to stay away from the heavier clouds and got away with only a few drops. Wind was weak from southwest 5 m/s (11mph).

Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 58
Brant (Branta bernicla) 31
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 7
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 2
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 156
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 26
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 1
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 193
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 919
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 170
Loon sp. 1
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 6
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 9
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 3
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) 2
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 50
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 50
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 29
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 7
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 11
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 162
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 5
Western/Least Sandpiper 1490
Dowitcher sp. 2
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 420
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 1640
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 39
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 10
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 91
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 29
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 2
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 45
California Gull (Larus californicus) 42
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 4
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 14


Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus)  2

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