[Tweeters] Pt Brown Jetty, Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor Cty seawatch

Jim Danzenbaker jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
Sat Apr 27 21:40:18 PDT 2013


As Bill Shelmerdine mentioned, it was a good day of seawatching at Pt.
Brown Jetty at Ocean Shores, Gray Harbor County yesterday morning and this
mrning. I was there for about 4.5 hours yesterday - 7:30-noonish with the
following results:

(some type of ) Cackling Goose: 16,450 (many, many flocks with an average
flock size of 450)
Bonaparte's Gull: 3,000 - probably conservative, large numbers everywhere
Pacific Loon: 1,200
Red-throated Loon: 300
Common Loon: 150
Surf Scoter: 525
White-winged Scoter: 65
Green-winged Teal: 150 - many small groups and scattered in with scoter
BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 2 (in scoter flock)
Northern Shoveller: 18
Greater Scaup: 2
Harelequin Duck: 5
Black Brant: 38
Brandt's Cormorant: 10
Pelagic Cormorant: 45
Surfbird: 15
Black Turnstone: 25
Ruddy Turnstone: 1
Rock Sandpiper: 2 (alternate plumage - the first I've ever seen in
this plumage!)
Black Oystercatcher: 3
Red-necked Phalarope: 450
Sanderling: 800 (on beach)
Dunlin: 300 (on beach)
Western Sandpiper: 2800 (on beach)
Semiplamated Plover : 15 (on beach)
Marbled Godwit: 250 (on beach at different times)
Whimbrel: 20
Black-bellied Plover: 10
Rhinoceros Auklet: 45
Pigeon Guillemot: 10
Marbled Murrelet: 2
Common Murre: 20
Red-necked Grebe: 1
Western Grebe: 2
Eared Grebe: 1
Horned Grebe: 1
Sooty Shearwater: 15
Pink-footed Shearwater: 1
ARCTIC TERN: 2 (very gray and no necked profile)
many gulls that went ignored and unidentified
ZERO Greater White-fronted Goose

mammals included:

Grey Whale: at least 8
Harbor Porpoise: at least 25 - seemingly everywhere between the jetties
including breaching, spy-hopping, etc. Quite a few young ones
Harbor Seal: 5
Steller's Sea Lion: 3 (I think I have this identification correct)

probably other species that I've forgotten or didn;t bother to list.

This morning, I watched from about 7am until 8:30 when the rain started: I
set the scope in one spot and counted birds flying through the field of
view. It was very difficult to get actual numbers since large numbers of
birds were flying north at all distances. From the beginning, I knew it
was a big loon day:

Pacific Loon: 11,890 (450/minute for 20 minutes and then lesser pulses)
Red-throated Loon: 45
Common Loon: 196 (many flying behind me or fairly high overhead)
Cackling Goose: 1,560
Black Brant: 102
Bonaparte's Gull: 800 (large flock milling around offshore)
COMMON TERN: 6 (with Bonaparte's Gull flock - profile indicated Common)
Surf Scoter: 630
White-winged Scoter: 150 (many small flocks)
Sooty Shearwater - 100s
Harlequin Duck: 2
Rhinoceros Auklet: 65
Common Murre: 400

8-8:30 (stream of closer birds slowed considerably and went further out so
identification was much more difficult - however, birds filled the horizon):

Pacific Loon: 335
Common Loon: 30
Red-throated Loon: 53
Surf Scoter: 116
White-winged Scoter: 12
Rhinoceros Auklet: 45
Common Murre: many
Western Grebe: 1

It was a very enjoyable two partial days of seawatching - made me wish I
lived on the coast!

Keep your eyes....seaward.....


Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA
jdanzenbaker at gmail.com
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