Posted by: Anne Murray | September 20, 2009

Point Roberts birding

Another enjoyable outing to Point Roberts with Tom Bearss and the Delta Naturalists Casual Birders resulted in 3 Heermann’s gulls (2 imm, I adult, non-breeding plumage) seen on the south beach (accessed through a narrow easement between houses) as well as several Marbled Murrelet off Lily Point, visible from the first high cliff lookout, with a handful of Pacific Loons and Red-necked Grebes, and a flock of 25 or so Common Loons seen from the second high cliff lookout.

Other species included flocks of feeding Black Turnstones and Sanderling (100+) along the tideline at Lighthouse Park, with one Western Sandpiper in among them, more loons, skeins of White-winged Scoters, Surf Scoters, lots of Pelagic Cormorants and a few Harlequin Ducks. An Osprey flew over, probably came from Deltaport, and we also saw 2 Caspian Terns.

No sign of Bonaparte’s Gulls there yet, although we saw several in Pender Harbour last weekend while attending the Fall meeting of BC Nature.



    Ecuador is a paradise for birdwatchers since it counts more than 10% of the worldwide species and which are mainly in Amazonia, in tropical and cloud forests, on the famous Galapagos Islands. On the Pacific Coast hundreds of endemics such as the toucans, condors, albatrosses, blue and red-footed boobies, red masked fools, cocks of the rock… Ecuador is also par excellence “The Earth for the Birds” This small country shelters around 1600 bird species (excluding the numerous other species which man has identified), more than in other large countries such as North America and Brazil among others.


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