Finally! After a week of slow migration, this day offered a nice variety of species with several seen in large numbers. Northern Shovelers were counted to an impressive 1428 individuals. Lots of shorebirds were also seen, among which more than 20 000 sandpipers (mostly western), 2680 dunlins and 1370 dowitchers. Another surprise was the number of Greater white-fronted Goose (1231 individuals counted) which we had thought were mostly done migrating at this time. As icing on the cake, a few whales was seen well during the day. A pod of five Humpback whales as a first from Boiler Bay for us. Counting time: 05:50-16:50. 37 420 seabirds of 45 species counted. As promised by the forecast, the wind turned from south to northwest during the morning and increased from < 3 m/s (< 7mph) to 8 m/s (18mph). In addition, it was raining almost all the time between 07:30-12:00.
A calm day at Boiler Bay with very little movement over the sea. Small flocks of Western/ Least Sandpiper and Pacific Loons were heading north but other than migration was surely taking a break today. Counting time 05:50-11:20. 6346 seabirds of 27 species counted. Weather was nice with some fog patches in the morning. Wind was slow from southwest < 3 m/s (< 7mph).
This day was the day of the auks! Four species were seen with a Tufted Puffin as the highlight of the day. Marbled Murrelets which usually have been seen in small numbers could be counted with a high of 203 birds heading north. Almost all birds were seen in pairs which probably means that the incubation still hasn’t started. Common Murre and Rhinocerous Auklets were seen in normal numbers and most of the murre flocks were heading south, probably towards Yaquina Head. Other than the auks, some loons migrating north and a male Harlequin Duck are worth mentioning. Counting time 06:00-11:30. 6602 seabirds of 30 species counted. Weather was compared to most days best in the morning with a beautiful red sun rising in the east. However, the clouds took over fast and we ended up with a continuously raining towards noon. Wind was low from southeast/south,
Less rain than the past days gave a more pleasant stay at the seawatch. However, the migration was weak and we still wait for the peak of loons and shorebirds. Highlights of the day were four Harlequin Duck (three males and one female), several good whale sightings and fairly good numbers of loons. Counting time 06:00-12:00. 5536 seabirds of 33 species counted. Weather: Calm, wind from northwest,
A rainy day at Boiler Bay made seawatching difficult and a lot of time was spent under the cover of umbrellas. The high effort was rewarded by the highest number of Sooty Shearwaters so far and fairly good numbers of loons. Apart from those, movement of migrating birds was low. Counting time: 06:00-11:00. 12832 seabirds of 33 species counted. Weather was cloudy with lots of showers during the morning. Wind moderate from south, southwest, 7 m/s (15mph).
You get spoiled quickly in Boiler Bay. Another day of poor migration today compared to the days before yesterday. To boost morale and escape the rain for a while, a pause was done in the sea watching in order to go to nearby Depoe Bay for a coffee. We can’t help but feel like this is the calm before the storm, maybe the pressure is building up for some massive migration in the days ahead. Counting time 06:00 – 08:00 and again 09:10 – 11:10. 3774 seabirds of 31 species counted. Weather consisted of showers and overcast skies with winds from the south, about 3 m/s (7mph).
Today was the first day since we came here that felt kind of slow. Generally, migration went further away from the coast today than before. Pacific loons did a push in the morning and again before lunch, however only in moderate numbers. Migrating Bonaparte’s gulls were seen during most of the time but in lower numbers than yesterday. Counting time: 06:00-12:00. 42 species of seabird counted. Winds from the north during the morning, around 5 m/s (11mph) brought a few showers. Around noon, as most days, the wind increased and the clouds dispersed.