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Point Roberts - October 8 2012

Posted by birder on Thursday, October 11, 2012
On October the 8th, I went out to Point Roberts, a small town in the US just across the border. At the end of Gulf Road, I saw some Common Loons, Horned Grebes, cormorants, and more, but there were also some female Harlequin Ducks very close to the shore. I took some photos of them. Here is one: 


I then continued on by car to Lighthouse Park. Here there were also many birds. These included two that were very close to shore, a Pigeon Guillemot and a Horned Grebe:

Pigeon Guillemot:

Horned Grebe (I am very happy with this photo, it is by far the best photo I have gotten of this specie!):

Other birds around included Common and Pacific Loons, Western and Red-necked Grebe, White-winged, Surf, and one Black Scoter (flying by), some Red-breasted Merganser, lots of Bonaparte's Gulls very far offshore, and more. Here are some photos I took of these birds:

Common Loon:



Pacific Loons: (not a good photo, but the first time I have seen this bird!)

Western Grebe:

Black Scoter: (not a good photo, but the first time I have seen this bird!)

Double-crested Cormorant:

Pelagic Cormorant:

White-winged Scoter:

Surf Scoter:

Red-breasted Merganser:

Red-necked Grebe (juvenile):

I had a great time photographing all these birds, and now just before I had to leave, a few flocks of around 50-200 (more than one flock) shorebirds birds flew by. I took some flight photos, and I will post them once I have identified what type of sandpipers they were. Another cool animal before I left was 1 or 2 marine mammals. I assume they were porpoises, but if anybody knows better, I love to hear your opinions:


I now had to go, but it had been a great visit to the Point Roberts shore. Here is my bird list from the shore, with a roughestimate of the number of birds next to the specie:

Northern Pintail (4-10)
Harlequin Duck (5-20)
Surf Scoter (100-200)
White-winged Scoter (50-100)
Black Scoter (1)
Red-breasted Merganser (4-7)
Pacific Loon (5-15)
Common Loon (5-15) 
Horned Grebe (15-50)
Red-necked Grebe (2-5)
Western Grebe (5-25)
Double-crested Cormorant (15-25)
Pelagic Cormorant (15-25)
cormorant sp.
Great Blue Heron (1)
shorebird sp. - have some photos, will get ID soon
Bonaparte's Gull - (15-150)
Mew Gull (1-15)
Ring-billed Gull (1-15)
Glaucous-winged Gull (1-15)
gull sp.
Pigeon Guillemot (2-10)
Northwestern Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
European Starling
American Pipit
Song Sparrow

Thanks for looking!




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