Checklist S32469891

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Owner John Woods

  • 2
  • 7.11 km

with Don Kramer; ~13-15°C, winds light (Beaufort 1-2), ocean calm, cloudy bright to sunny; circumnavigation of the lagoon starting from bridge to washroom and back around lagoon to bridge via Royal Roads; with binoculars and spotting scope; birds seen and counted landward unless ocean noted in remarks


  1. Number observed: 42

    Comments: includes at least 2 morphs (large, grey and intermediate sized grey)

  2. Number observed: 1

    Comments: constantly with a Tundra Swan (see TUSW notes), much larger, deeper, resonant voice

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Sex Unknown 1
  3. Number observed: 1

    Comments: with Trumpeter, voice distinctly less complex than Trumpeter, relatively small, bill lacks yellow, leg diameter disproportionately thin compared to Trumpeter

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Sex Unknown 1
  4. Number observed: 49
  5. Number observed: 50

    Comments: 50-100, difficult to count because of birds moving between areas within lagoon

  6. Number observed: 7
  7. Number observed: 1

    Comments: lagoon near washroom, seen in flight

  8. Number observed: 20

    Comments: 7 inside lagoon, remainder (and probably more) ocean-side

  9. Number observed: 1

    Comments: resting on ocean, white wing-patch visible through scope; not with other scoters

  10. Number observed: 1

    Comments: one female-plumaged black scoter seen ocean-side from the washrooms through scope, sitting near a basic plumaged surf scoter for direct comparison of head shape and facial pattern, no photo, may be a continuing bird observed by others earlier this month in this area

  11. Number observed: 275

    Comments: 259 count inside lagoon without apparent duplication (one flock of 200 inside lagoon repeated counts by 2s, see photo for part of this group), 10-30 ocean-side

  12. Number observed: 20

    Comments: mostly in a small pond just above the lagoon inside Royal Roads

  13. Number observed: 10

    Comments: 10 ocean-side but likely many more too far out on ocean to count accuwrately

  14. Number observed: 3

    Comments: minimum non-replicated count inside lagoon

  15. Number observed: 8

    Comments: ocean-side, scattered individuals

  16. Number observed: 8

    Comments: scattered individuals, ocean-side

  17. Number observed: 24

    Comments: ocean-side, one group far from shore but clearly view through scope

  18. Number observed: 12

    Comments: near bridge

  19. Number observed: 14

    Comments: fields between washroom and Royal Roads

  20. Number observed: 2
  21. Number observed: 2
  22. Number observed: 14

    Comments: minimum count (12 seen at once) then at least 2 more

  23. Number observed: 2
  24. Number observed: 29

    Comments: ocean-side, mostly one group of 27; through scope

  25. Number observed: 2

    Comments: ocean-side; resting on ocean; through scope

  26. Number observed: 7

    Comments: ocean-side, one flock resting on ocean, through scope

  27. Number observed: 172

    Comments: scope-count of one group resting with CAGUs on gravel bar inside lagoon entrance

  28. Number observed: 29

    Comments: one group of 24 resting on gravel bar inside lagoon entrance

  29. Number observed: 80

    Comments: estimate from repeated counts avoiding apparent duplication

  30. Number observed: 3

    Comments: ocean-side, one far out near edge of WEGR flock and two much closer to shore directly out from washroom

  31. Number observed: 1

    Comments: ocean-side

  32. Number observed: 25

    Comments: 21 on or around large rocky islet inside lagoon; several ocean-side

  33. Number observed: 11

    Comments: perched in trees above rocky cliffs observable from lagoon edge near parking area at bridge

  34. Number observed: 2
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Sex Unknown 2
  35. Number observed: 1

    Comments: dark morph juvenile; hunting rodents (one vole capture observed) in fields between washroom and Royal Roads; dark morph

    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Sex Unknown 1
  36. Number observed: 1

    Comments: 1+

  37. Number observed: 2

    Comments: one bird with bright white breast in good light; the other not closely observed

  38. Number observed: 3
  39. Number observed: 1
  40. Number observed: 5
  41. Number observed: 10

    Comments: 10+, Douglas fir/Arbutus forest at Royal Roads

  42. Number observed: 4
  43. Number observed: 2
  44. Number observed: 2
  45. Number observed: 2
  46. Number observed: 7
  47. Number observed: 34

    Comments: one group, fields between washroom and Royal Roads

  48. Number observed: 50

    Comments: 50-150; mostly in one group focused on arbutus berries in trees in the cliffs observable across the lagoon from the bridge area; very difficult to count because of dense vegetation and constant activity

  49. Number observed: 10

    Comments: 10+, difficult to count in thicket

  50. Number observed: 10

    Comments: 10-20

  51. Number observed: 1
  52. Number observed: 4
  53. Number observed: 10

    Comments: 10, difficult to count in thickets

  54. Number observed: 3
  55. Number observed: 3
  56. Number observed: 1

    Comments: flushed from beside sidewalk along a wet margin leading towards Royal Roads from the washrooms; seen at close range (<50 m) on two occasions

  57. Number observed: 20

    Comments: 20-50, intermixed with BRBL an EUST in trees, difficult to count

  58. Number observed: 30

    Comments: estimate, one group including some RWBL near bridge

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