We had a wonderful turnout of 10 counters, some of whom loved the sunlight on the clouds behind Swuqus (Mount Prevost) but were less enamored of the icy wind blowing off the bay.Â A flying beaver took off during the count, but the birds were not particularly disturbed by it, and there were lots of birds:
5 Mute Swan; 36 Trumpeter Swan; 189 Bufflehead; Â 9 Common Goldeneye; Â 1 Hooded Merganser ; Â 6 Horned Grebe;Â 1 Western Gull;Â 1 Thayer’s Gull;Â 8 Glaucous-winged Gull ; 24 gull sp.; Â 4 Double-crested Cormorant;Â 2 Northwestern Crow;
The intrepid observers were: Derek Gibson, Thomas George, Steve Mitchell, John Scull, Wilma Harvie, Eric Marshall, Gail Mitchell, Donna Zipse, Ken Bendle, Dorothy Marshall, a harbour seal that joined us for a while and cameo appearances by Christina Cutbill and Eve Savory.
On February 9, 2020, Kurlene Wenberg and Carol Hartwig observed the following 11 species of waterbirds as the light dimmed late in the afternoon:
8 Double-crested Cormorant; 4 Pelagic Cormorant; 11 Canada Geese; 87 Trumpeter Swan; 27 Mallard; 2 Greater Scaup; 2 White-winged Scoter; 24 Bufflehead; 33 Common Goldeneye; 4 Common Merganzer; 3 Dunlin; 10 Mew Gull; 4 Glaucous-winged Gull; 75 Gull sp.;
Jim and Lyn Wisnia enjoyed the calm, sunny Sunday afternoon.
They observed in the Verdier Point area:
1 Surf scoter; 28 Bufflehead; 15 Goldeneye; 7 Barrowâ€™s goldeneye; 7 Red-breasted merganser; 9 Horned grebe; 2 Red-necked grebe; 2 Western grebe; 8 Mew gull; 10 Glaucous-winged gull; 15 Gull sp.; 1 Pacific loon; 1 Common loon; 3 Brandtâ€™s cormorant; 1 Belted kingfisher; 1 Common raven.
In the Mill Bay area:
5 American wigeon; 10 Surf scoter; 14 Bufflehead; 8 Common goldeneye; 10 Barrowâ€™s goldeneye; 2 Hooded merganser; 7 CommonÂ merganser; 3 Red-breasted merganser; 2 Red-necked grebe; 1 Western grebe; 14 Glaucous-winged gull; 36 Gull sp.; 1 Common loon; 1 Brandtâ€™s cormorant; 1 Pelagic cormorant; 1 Belted kingfisher; 3 Northwestern crow.