Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Annual Winter Bird Count! Dec 17th, 2011

Bald Eagle

 Common Murre

 Double-crested & Pelagic Cormorants

 Harlequin Ducks

 Trial Island

 Race Rocks

 Rhinoceros Auklet
Northern Elephant Seal!

On Saturday, Dec 17th, a group of volunteers led by Ron Bates, MMRG, departed Victoria Harbour to take part in the annual winter Bird Count. During our 3 hours on the water we spotted 25 species of birds and counted almost 900 birds! The species spotted included Canada Goose, Mallard, Harelquin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Black Oystercather, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Mew Gull, Thayer's Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre and Rhinoceros Auklet.

It was a beautiful day on the water for mid December with calm seas and apart from the various birds we also saw Harbor Seals, Steller & California Sealions and even a large male Northern Elephant Seal!

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