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Today we woke up at 4:30 am to leave on the Westport Seabirds trip to Gray’s Canyon. The sea conditions were very good. It was just after sunrise when we left the Marina. We saw high numbers Glaucus-winged Gull x Western Gull hybrids and Brown Pelicans. for the first stretch we saw many Pigeon Guillemots and two Heermann’s Gulls. The first Common Murres were soon accompanied by Sooty Shearwaters and two quickly flying Cassin’s Auklets.
In the distance we could see the shape of a Pink-footed Shearwater. We made our way to a fishing boat that had many seabirds including my lifer Black-footed Albatross and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel. A Northern Fulmar also stayed close to our boat.
A we went further out we saw more Black-footed Albatrosses and four Leach’s Storm-Petrel. We began chumming at the depth of 2,500 feet. We had both Storm-Petrel species and five more Black-footed Albatross.
After about three hours around Gray’s Canyon we headed back it was rather slow bu we did see a Tufted Puffin in the distance. We arrived back just after 3:30 on the way in we saw a squabble of Heermann’s Gulls and just under 1000 Brown Pelicans perched on the walls of the Marina.
All in all I got ten life birds and got seasick twice so it was a very good day (but not the seasickness).
On May 19 the members of the Saw-it Owls began our birdathon. I would like to thank all the people that contibuted to our birdathon efforts.
In total we had seen 115 species of birds.
Other team members
There has been a lot of bird activity in southern Alberta recently. I have been frequently driving to the prairies and mountains to go birding. There are many species that I am not so used to. I have lived in Alberta for two years but, I was at Point Pelee last year in migration. I have seen a Say’s Pheobe and Wilson’s Phalarope wich are very exciting to me.
I hope this influx of bird will continue until next weekend for the Great Canadian Birdathon you can support the avian life in Canada by donating.
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