[Tweeters] SeabIrd Wreck Point Roberts Washington Richard Swanston Delta BC

Ed Swan edswan at centurytel.net
Tue Sep 2 15:55:16 PDT 2014

I noticed two dead Pelagic Cormorants on the beach between Cherry Point and
Point Whitehorn on August 30.


Ed Swan

Nature writer and guide

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Subject: [Tweeters] SeabIrd Wreck Point Roberts Washington Richard Swanston
Delta BC

Boundary Bay and Point Roberts have become a carnal house of Dead Birds that
allegedly have been captured in Commercial Fish Nets

Just heard that 45 More seabirds were counted in Boundary Bay on the
Canadian Side Most were Murre

5 Murre were counted Most were East of the Beach Front Houses I strongly
Believe that residents are Burying In the Area Between the Marina to the
Beach Cabins East of South Beach Road. Many Families Use the Beach It's
sandy on the LOW Tide for the Most part Beach Toys Litter the High water
area . Of COURSE Parents would Not want a Lot of DEAD Carcasses Near their
Children's Play area !

There was great concentrations of Eel Grass Wreck Rolled up on the Beach
along with algae deeply laid up on the High Water Mark Smaller Birds such as
Rhino and Pigeon Guillemots and Murre could easily get rolled up in the
Material thrown up by waves Although Other Years or Later in the season the
situation be worse My count should be conservative

August 31,2014. I went against my better judgment and walked the Beaches
at Point Roberts Washington! I walked from the Cannery Pilings At Watcom
County Park Lilly Point Pt. Roberts Wash. to the Boat Ramp at Light House
Park 29 Murre 3 Rhino 2 Loons 1 Western Grebe 4 Cormorants 1 Grebe Sp. Head
Missing [ Horned or Eared 1] Possibly 2 Seals 2 Desiccated Most Murre 21
were West of the Marina Total Count

11:18 Just West of the Marina Point Roberts Washington Started the Trip
Heading Towards Light House Park In the third leg of the walk where most of
the Dead Animals were located . This is a Rocky / more pebble beach not as
well used by families as the Beaches East of the Marina . With the exception
of Light House Park Area

21 Murre [ One appeared to be an Imm. ] 1 Harbour Seal 1 Grebe Species [
Horned or Eared head Missing ? ] 1 Western Grebe

1 Pelagic Cormorant

1 Guillemot Injured on the beach

One section of Seine Net and a Net Light

Several sections of Long thick Poly Line and numerous types of Garbage were
seen along the Shoreline

12:10 Reached the Boat ramp

None of the birds were sampled as I'm a Canadian And cannot take anything
through the border . Also no birds were marked . I did this as a Volunteer
But could still run into problems with US Immigration if they saw my count
as being WORK . So I have to be very Limited in doing this . I'm also
mindful;; that in doing this I'm trespassing on Private Beaches So it's a
little precarious walking the tidal areas in Washington State

Yours Richard Swanston Delta

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