The group today was a bit smaller than usual consisting of myself feeling like a birding orphan. Not to be deterred I decided to go across to Point Roberts where, by pure luck, the customs computer chose me for a full scale examination…inside questioning, form filling, and a car search. At lighthouse park the rain stopped but the wind had created quite large waves. Lots of Double-crested Cormorants were seen and, a few Pelagics, a Common Loon (yesterday there were dozens of Pacific Loons), 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, one Harlequin and my first Barrow’s Goldeneye of the season. One Long-tailed Duck flew by. Also, lots scoters…Surf, White-winged, and one Black. On the large, artificial pond on the way to the marina from the park, there were many Greater Scaup, Widgeon and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. On the Boundary Bay side there was the usual collection of gulls…Glaucous-winged, Herring, a few Bonapartes and, again, lots of scoters. The only raptor I saw was a lone Red-tailed hawk.
From Pt. Roberts I decided to check out the ferry causeway to see if the Clark’s Grebe was still present…no grebes of any kind. At least 12 Black Oystercatchers were on the north side of the road and a massive number of Pelagic Cormorants in the protected waters on that side along with lots of mallards and pintails. I tried the Superport road as well but nothing more except mallards, pintails, and widgeon. At the beginning of the port road was a female Merlin eating what looked like a pigeon.
So, a very uneventful day but with a quiet and congenial group…we did argue over whether to have beer, or wine, with our lunch…the wine won out.