Sunday, 17 of February of 2019

Coastal Waterbird Surveys – 11th February 2018

The next survey will be at 9 am on Sunday, March 11.

Cowichan Bay:
Kathy Coster, Linda Hill, Gail Mitchell, Barry Hetchko, John Scull, and Leslie Hodgson were joined by Dorothy and Eric Marshall on a beautiful midday in Hecate Park to survey the south side of Cowichan Bay.
2 Mute swan; 2 Mallard; 9 Surf scoter; 67 Bufflehead; 19 Common goldeneye; 7 Hooded merganser; 5 Double-crested cormorant; 1 Great blue heron; 3 Bald eagles; 22 Gull sp.; 5 Northwestern crows.

On the north side of the Bay Bob Nation, Kurlene Wenberg, and Daryl Johnson saw the following birds:

2 Canada Goose; 2 Mute Swan; 11, Trumpeter Swan; 15 American Wigeon; 26 Mallard; 13 Surf Scoter; 1 White-winged Scoter; 28 Bufflehead; 2 Common Goldeneye; 1 Common Merganser; 1 Red-throated Loon; 3 Horned Grebe; 1 Bald Eagle; 5 Mew Gull; 2 Glaucous-winged Gull; 54 Gull sp.; 1 Northwestern Crow; 1 Common Raven

South Cowichan:
On a chilly Sunday afternoon Jim and Lyn Wisnia counted in the Verdier Point area:
16 American wigeon; 22 surf scoter; 21 bufflehead; 43 common goldeneye; 15 Barrow’s goldeneye; 1 common merganser; 4 red-breasted merganser; 1 pie-billed grebe; 5 horned grebe; 1 red-necked grebe; 10 mew gull; 6 glaucous-winged gull.

In the Mill Bay area:
5 mute swan; 25 American wigeon; 36 surf scoter; 18 bufflehead; 17 common goldeneye; 3 Barrow’s goldeneye; 4 hooded merganser; 13 common merganser; 11 red-breasted merganser; 4 common loon; 33 mew gull; 6 glaucous-winged gull; 6 gull sp.; 2 northwestern crow.