Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sun Up to Sun Down

I was out in my row boat before sunrise, and did not get back to Morecroft Regional Park until well after sunset yesterday. Although I spent most of that time fishing, I was of course, also paying attention to birds. Not that there were many to pay attention too. The numbers were quite low, but that is not unusual in mid-August.
Species recorded in the vicinity of Gerald Island/Moorecroft Regional Park, Salish Sea, 17 August 2012:
Mallard: 1
Surf Scoter: 18
Common Merganser: 3
Pelagic Cormorant: 2
Great Blue Heron: 1
Turkey Vulture: 2
Northern Harrier: 1 (flew from Vancouver Island, to the Sunshine Coast)
Bald Eagle: 7
Spotted Sandpiper: 2
Red-necked Phalarope: 19
California Gull: 11
Glaucous-winged Gull: 4
Rhinoceros Auklet: 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove: 1 (Gerald Island. Wow! Now they really have spread EVERYWHERE!)
Great Horned Owl: 1 (Calling at Moorecroft as I was launching the boat in the morning)
Belted Kingfisher: 1
Northwestern Crow: 10
Red Crossbill: 32 (flying between Gerald Island and Moorecroft)

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