Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A bit of winter birding

I had to take my scooter in to be serviced, dad met me in Scarborough and we went birding. The first place we went was Peasholm Park, a small lake surrounded by woodland close to the sea. There had been a Red-Throated Diver there for a few days and, although I see them regularly, this gave me a chance to see one very close. The bird had been active and feeding on small fish. When we got there we walked around the lake, it then shot past us at about eye level and we saw it land on the other side of the lake. We walked in that direction. Once we got to where the bird was it swam towards us. It gracefully went past us, within only a couple of metres, an amazing experience.
After some lunch we then went on to Scalby mills rocks (outside the sealife centre), this was because there was a gull roost there. We looked through the gulls but could only produce Herring, Black-Headed and Great Black-Backed Gulls. Also present were some rather smart Wigeon, Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher.
The both of us then decided we would go to the harbour to try and see the Black-Necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver. En route we stopped briefly to look for a Black Redstart in the rock armour but had no luck, but we did see another Red-Throated Diver in the bay. At the Harbour we picked up the Black-Necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver quite quickly. The tide was out so they were confined to the main part of the harbour. Eventually both came close to the harbour mouth where they gave good views. Also running around our feet were Turnstones, although the Purple Sandpiper roost was empty due to it being low tide. This was a great day with a good range of species.

Red-Throated Diver
Red-Throated Diver
Wigeon (male and female)
Black-Necked Grebe
Black-Necked Grebe
Great Northern Diver 
Great Northern Diver

Thursday, 3 November 2016

September and October Patchwork Challenge 2016 roundup

Over the last two months I have added 20 species to Patchwork Challenge resulting in 31 new points.  At Hunmanby Gap, Hunmanby and 'The Bay.'

The first birds added in September were on the 17th at Hunmanby Gap. Seawatching definately paid off in a Northeasterly wind. I added 547 Wigeon (499 north, 48 south), 19 Pintail (28 north, 1 south), 10 Shoveler (north) and 2 Velvet Scoter (2 south). I unfortunately missed a Black Tern. Other highlights were 618 Teal north with 1 south and 32 Sooty Shearwaters and 41 Manx Shearwaters north, not a bad morning.
Wigeon and Teal
Birding at the Gap on the 25th brought a welcome '3-pointer' in the form of a Yellow-Browed Warbler, unfortunately we knew it was there so no bonus points for finding it. Still a great patchtick and a a great little bird. I then went on to find a Whinchat in the clifftop scrub, another new bird for me for the year (at the Hunmanby Gap).
My next additions were also at Hunmanby Gap, with 3 Little Egrets going south on the 1st and 4 Arctic Skuas going north on the 2nd.
Little Egrets
The next day I went to 'The Bay' (just north of Hunmanby Gap) and was happy to spot a Slavonian Grebe drifting north offshore sea and two Kingfishers on the clifftop pool. The 4th was cut short, I was birding in Hunmanby (it was quiet with a few Redwing and a Hare) and the news got out that there was an Eastern-Crowned Warbler at Bempton (I went and saw that)!
It wasn't until the 8th when I next got to the Gap, the seawatch itself was quite quiet but adding a Balearic Shearwater north made up for this as well as getting 5 (Dark-Bellied) Brent Geese (3 south, 2 north). I also went seawatching on the 9th, I didn't manage to add anything because although we saw an Asio sp. (Owl species) it was too far out to sea. Typically, after I had gone both Short-Eared and Long-Eared Owls made landfall (which I missed)!

Species 124 was a flock of 10 Grey Partridge at the Gap (long-awaited I must say).

The next tick for me was pretty unexpected with a flock of 32 Barnacle Geese on the 19th going Northwest over Hunmanby (my first for the village).

Vismigging (watching for visible migration) paid off on the 28th with Lesser Redpoll being added.

However the 30th was joint-most successful with the 17th of September over the last two months with four birds being added at the Gap. The first to be added that morning was a flock of 9 Whooper Swans going south, a Goldeneye then went south also. Keeping with wildfowl, 5 Scaup also went south. Land-based migration was also good as I added a Corn Bunting and Mealy Redpoll both went south. However two other highlights were 273 Siskin and a late Swallow south over the course of the morning.
Whooper Swans
The last two months left me on 131 species and 165 points. I can't wait for what the winter will bring, November 1st had 4 Little Auks north, although not a patchtick, a great bird. Bring on winter!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Great day in Cleveland

In the morning I had been vismigging / seawatching at Hunmanby Gap. It had already been a successful day as I patch ticked (added to Patchwork Challenge) a Corn Bunting south, a Mealy Redpoll south, 9 Whooper Swans south, 5 Scaup south and 4 Goldeneye (1 south, 3 present). Other notable birds were 273 Siskin and a Swallow south, (not bad for high pressure and westerlies). Full counts can be found here on trektellen. I got home between 9 and 10 and I was going with dad and gran as we took her back home to Hartlepool.

I knew that there was an 'Eastern' Black Redstart at Skinningrove and a Pied Wheatear had been confirmed at Redcar. Both of these places were 'on the way' (with a slight detour). Going to these places would mean sacrificing a visit to Saltholme and the Jewish Cemetery (to try and see Twite). We all agreed we go for the rarer birds. On the way up a few decent birds were seen from the car window: Jay, Fieldfare, Mistle Thrush (these were the best). We got to Skinningrove and drove down the south side of the village, this was when we realised none of us actually knew where the bird was. Then, in the distance I saw some birders walking north on the other side of the river. We drove over and parked, we walked along the seafront. We found some birders and we got onto where the bird had been favouring. We saw it flit across the gaps in rocks a few times. However after a few minutes it came out onto the rocks and showed itself nicely. My gran was particularly impressed by the brightness of the orange. It was a fantastic little bird. I didn't manage to see one near Scarborough a few years back so I was glad to see this one. The bird was accompanied by Rock pipits, a Robin and a Dunnock.
'Eastern' Black Redstart (as are the below pictures)

After around 20 minutes watching the Black Redstart we drove to Redcar, on the way we saw (from the car) a flock of around 40 Golden Plover and lots of Redwing. We found the old cinema and saw the Pied Wheatear fluttering around. As I was walking down on to the beach for a better view, 5 Whooper Swans flew north. On the beach there were Turnstones and just offshore there was a smattering of Eider, along with Cormorants, Shags and a Red-Throated Diver. Whilst standing on the beach the Pied Wheatear was very active and gave superb views. This was a great lifer to end a great day. After dropping gran off we headed home. Driving over the Tees there were 3 Whooper Swans. we were surprised that we didn't see any Red Grouse on the moors. The only two new birds for the day on the way back were a Rook and a Blackbird (partly due to the light going early now the clocks have changed). This was a great day in Cleveland.
Pied Wheatear
Pied Wheatear
Whooper Swan
Pied Wheatear

Monday, 24 October 2016

Birding and ringing over the last week (Filey ringing and migration week)

It was the annual Filey ringing and migration week, this year I would be ringing. The first day Saturday the 15th of October was simply fantastic. As dad and I pulled up, Top Scrub was alive! Endless thrushes were dropping out of the sky after making the north sea crossing. This was due to the light precipitation on the coast and slight rain just offshore. These were mainly Redwing but there were also Song, Fieldfare, Blackbirds and Mistle Thrushes over the course of the day. Just about every net round was bird filled. I got to ring lots of Redwings, a bird I had never ringed before. There was also an influx of Goldcrests and Robins and two Yellow-Browed Warblers could be heard calling in the scrub. In my opinion the best birds of the day were three Woodcock, of which I got to ring one of. These are a big powerful bird. Other highlights were Brambling and both Lesser and Mealy Redpoll. 230 birds were ringed that day. In just the northern coastal area of Filey a Woodlark, 3,700 Redwing, 630 Song Thrushes, 450 Fieldfares, 18 Mistle Thrushes, 260 Blackbirds, 230 Siskins, 85 Redpoll (incl. at least 4 Mealy), 125 Brambling, 370 Skylarks, 12 Woodcock, 65 Robins, 90 Goldcrests, 6 Yellow-Browed Warblers and a Ring Ouzel were counted (I missed the Woodlark and Ring Ouzel) (counts via the FBOG website).  Just after dad and I left a Great White Egret flew over Top Scrub. This truly was a fantastic day and a true migration spectacle.
Mealy Redpoll (right) with two Lesser Redpoll

The second day of ringing and migration week was quieter, however a Yellow-Browed Warbler was trapped and ringed. Along with Brambling and Siskin. Around 60 birds were ringed that day, compared to yesterday's 230. The Yellow-Browed Warbler had alluded the nets for some time. Up close this tiny phyllosc was absolutely beautiful. I wouldn't be able to do a full days ringing until Friday the 21st so it was great getting the Yellow-Brow.
Yellow-Browed Warbler
Yellow-Browed Warbler
The next time I could get to Filey was Tuesday the 18th. Rain had delayed opening the nets. I managed to get some extracting done but I had only ringed a few birds by the time I had to go to college. However that day a combined total of 1000 Pink-Footed Geese flew south. Later that day after I had gone a second Yellow-Browed Warbler was trapped and ringed.
Pink-Footed Geese
Pink-Footed Geese
Ringing was cancelled on Wednesday because of wind but I couldn't have gone anyway due to college. The highlight on the 19th for me was 32 Barnacle Geese northeast over my house, I therefore also added these to Patchwork Challenge.

The next time I was ringing in Filey was Friday the 21st, I was annoyed as I had missed a Pallas's Warbler which was ringed the day before. That day did see a Mealy Redpoll ringed and a few smart Brambling, along with some commoner birds such as Redwings.  As it was quiet dad and I decided to go and see the Snow Bunting on Carr Naze. In classic Snow Bunting fashion it wasn't put off by people and was fairly tame, whilst watching it a Short-Eared Owl came in off the sea.
Snow Bunting
Mealy Redpoll
Short-Eared Owl
On Saturday the 22nd dad and I went to Buckton to ring with Mark Thomas, it was quiet. Until around 12 we ringed a handful of birds including Redwings, Robins and (best of all) a Siberian Chiffchaff. 3 Lapland Buntings also flew south. The good thing about the 22nd was that I got to use a Heligoland trap (a large wooden and mesh structure with trees planted inside which funnels birds towards a catching box). That same morning Filey had it quiet too, their best was a Norwegian ringed Mealy Redpoll. Both we and Filey packed up at around 12 o'clock. Dad and I briefly went to Hunmanby Gap after this but it was very quiet there as well.
Siberian Chiffchaff
Saturday the 22nd was supposed to be the last day of the ringing and migration week but because the team packed up early on Sunday and cancelled on Wednesday an extra morning was organised. That morning was very quiet but a few Blackcaps, a couple of Redwing and Blackbirds and a couple of Greenfinches were trapped and ringed. Part way through the morning the news got out that there was a Red-Breasted Flycatcher in Arndale. Me and a few others walked to see it and got decent views although it was quite high in the canopy. The team stopped early afternoon due to the lack of birds. I called off at home on my scooter and then noticed on birdguides that the Hume's Leaf Warbler was still showing at Thornwick Pools, I drove there and managed to get decent views. This ended a fantastic week (and a day) of birding, ringing and migration.
Red-Breasted Flycatcher
Hume's Leaf Warbler 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bempton bonanza

Over the last few days Bempton has had some excellent birds. It all started with the Eastern-Crowned Warbler on Tuesday the 4th October. I rushed down and managed to see it that evening. It was a fantastic little bird but I couldn't manage a picture. The next day I was in college, much to my annoyance, I checked my phone and noticed something I really didn't expect on birdguides, a Black-Browed Albatross at Bempton! The bird had previously been seen at Filey and was later seen off Thornwick and Flamborough, I'm annoyed that I missed that one! After this I didn't get to Bempton until Saturday the 8th meaning that I had missed a Greenish Warbler. However I did have a Bluethroat, 2 Yellow-Browed Warblers, a Red-Breasted Flycatcher and an Arctic Warbler. Later that day I bumped into Elliot, Ellis, Harry and Darragh. We managed to see the Bluethroat and Arctic Warbler (the latter being missed by Harry) but the Flycatcher stayed hidden.
Arctic Warbler

Sunday the 9th was a great day. It started off with fantastic views of the Red-Breasted Flycatcher and a Marsh Harrier flew high south. I then saw the two Yellow-Browed Warblers and great views of the Bluethroat. Over the RAF field a Short-Eared Owl stormed south whilst being mobbed by Crows, Jackdaws, Starling and Herring Gulls, whilst this was happening another Marsh Harrier went south. It then seemed to quieten down, between New Rollup and Staple Newk I found a Wheatear. This was when I heard that there was a Firecrest I didn't see the Firecrest but I did have a Ring Ouzel go north (another later flew north). This was a fantastic day because, as well as the rarer birds, there was a whole host of commoner migrants such as Brambling, Robins, Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests. Throughout the day Jackdaws were also moving southwest with 237 logged.
Red-Breasted Flycatcher
Short-Eared Owl 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

California (birding) trip: part 4 of 4, Moss Landing + Monterey area

We set off from Yosemite National Park in the morning. The last birds there were Steller's Jays, Brewer's Blackbirds and a lone Brown-Headed Cowbird. It was a long journey through agricultural fields. The drive was quite good for raptors with Swainson's Hawk, Red-Tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, White-Tailed Kite, American Kestrel and Northern Harrier all being seen from the car window (these were spread across 4-5 hours). There was one new bird for the trip seen on the car journey, a Tree Swallow. We arrived at the Monterey Dunes, Moss Landing early evening. We went for a walk into Moss Landing where we saw a Common Tern and a flock of Pintail
On the 28th I got up early and walked to the beach (about 30m away from the accommodation). I was greeted by masses of Sanderling, Willet and Marbled Godwit, scattered in amongst them were Long-Billed Curlews and Western Sandpipers. Les then joined me and a spot of seawatching produced two Great-Northern Divers (Common Loons) and a handful of Surf Scoter. We then set off to spend the day in Monterey. On the way there I spotted a Pied-Billed Grebe in a ditch by the road. Once at Monterey we started at the aquarium. It was amazing to see all the fish (including Tuna) on display. We also went on a guided tour behind the scenes on what the aquarium was doing to help Sea Otters. The aquarium also had rescued birds including three Buffleheads and a variety of waders (these were either abandoned or rescued). From the aquarium we also saw a Spotted Sandpiper and a Black Oystercatcher on the rocks. Whilst eating lunch a Peregrine flew overhead, not what I had expected. After the aquarium we walked around Monterey itself. Amazingly from the town we watched a pod of Risso's Dolphins, as well as these we also found a Botta's Pocket Gopher by the road in it's burrow. That evening I did a little seawatching, much to my amazement there was a constant stream of Sooty Shearwaters as the sun was setting way out on the horizon. Then after about half an hour they had all disappeared.
Spotted Sandpiper
Mixed Waders
The 29th was the day of the first whale-watching boat. However before this I got up early again to see waders on the beach, I saw all of yesterdays as well as two Grey Plovers (Black-Bellied Plovers) (flew south) and a few Snowy Plovers on the beach. There was also, to my surprise, a Black-Necked Grebe (Eared Grebe) just beyond the surf. A Black Scoter then flew north. Not a bad start to the day! When we got to the jetty (in Moss Landing) we saw a Least Sandpiper and a couple of Black Turnstone. The boat arrived, captained by Kate, and we got into it (a six person rib so just enough to fit the 6 of us in). We set out, we saw lots of Steller's Sea Lions (even miles out in the open ocean) and also an Elephant Seal, which often favour deep water. We kept going out. Suddenly Adam shouted shark! He was right beneath the boat there were two Blue Sharks! We hadn't expected to see these. We started seeing Humpback blows in the distance, so we pushed on, going further out we started to see flocks of Red-Necked and Grey Phalaropes as well as a flock of small waders which were probably Sanderling. Once we got to the point where land was fading away behind us we seemed to enter a world of Sooty Shearwaters! There were thousands and thousands of them sat on the sea and flying past. In amongst them were quite a few Pink Footed Shearwaters and three Black-Vented Shearwaters (Black-Vented Shearwaters used to be a rare winter visitor, but over the last few years they have become more common). We then started to see quite a few Humpback Whales which were absolutely amazing, they even breached for us! Then something nobody expected happened. 10+ miles offshore a tiny Townsend's Warbler landed on the boat. It stayed with us for quite a while eating the Kelp Flies which were on the boat from the harbour. The bird then sat and posed for photographs whilst digesting it's food, it even landed on my mum's arm! Then, after having eaten a sufficient number of flies it took off and headed south over the ocean. This just shows the amazing ability of birds to travel huge distances across very dangerous waters. As well as the Townsend's Warbler there were quite a few Barn Swallows migrating over the ocean and even (unbelievably) the odd Dragonfly. The boat then went towards some more Humpbacks and a large whale-watching boat that had none other than fellow Filey birder and ringer Pete Dunn on it, doing a tour for nature trek. He then went on to take some pictures of us whilst everyone else was looking at the whales. The only two things that we hadn't seen were Blue Whales and Albatrosses, Kate took the boat out further and stayed out longer but our luck was out. However I can't complain the experience was amazing, and we still had half a day left! Coming back into the harbour we saw two Hudsonian Whimbrels overhead and a Western Grebe on the water. Mum and Adam then returned to the accommodation but Les, Shirley, dad and I went to Elkhorn Slough. This is a large wetlands area. Pete had recommended that we went to the dairy where the owner lets people park near his cattle enclosures. The smell was very strong but attracted to the cows were thousands of (EurasianStarling, Red-Winged Blackbirds (both normal and bicoloured) and a few Tricoloured Blackbirds. As well as these there were (Oregon) Dark-Eyed Juncos and American Red Squirrels. We walked towards the water. We straight away saw Killdeer and Semipalmated Plover as well as Forster's Tern overhead. There was also quite a good mix of wildfowl which were unfortunately in eclipse: two Cinnamon Teal, a few Green-Winged Teal, a Ruddy Duck, a Shoveler, a Blue-Winged Teal, hundreds of Mallards and a couple of flocks of Pintail flew south. Waders (as well as the plovers already mentioned) didn't disappoint: a Solitary Sandpiper, lots of Least Sandpipers, a Western Sandpiper and a Black-Necked Stilt were the best. As we walked between the pools there were also good numbers of passerines: Nashville Warbler was probably the highlight but there were also lots of House Finches, American Goldfinches and a Common Yellowthroat. Dad saw a bird that was later identified as a Marsh Wren but I missed it unfortunately. The last bird three birds of the day were three fantastic lifers with a Cliff Swallow, a Western Kingbird and a Clark's Grebe. This truly was one of the best birding days of my life!
Snowy Plover
Blue Shark
Townsend's Warbler
Humpback Whale
Townsend's Warbler
Pink-Footed Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater
Clark's Grebe

It was the 30th and we didn't really have any plans as such. We decided to just walk along the beach and see what was about locally. Down on the beach, with Long-Billed Curlews, was a Hudsonian Whimbrel. It was incredibly confiding! What I hadn't expected (with us being so close to the sea) was a party of California Quail. In the dunes there was also a House Wren. We walked along the beach and watched Bottlenose Dolphins and a Sea Otter just behind the breaking waves (thus showing how it gets deep very quickly). Whilst watching these an Arctic Skua flew south close in and an Osprey flew north (further out) Part of the afternoon I spent in the pool, but this didn't mean no birds. California Towhees, Bushtits, White-Crowned Sparrows and Anna's Hummingbirds were all in the vicinity of the pool. That evening we went on a guided canoe tour in Elkhorn Slough focussing on bio-luminescence in plankton. As we left the harbour to get into the slough curios Harbour Seals approached us and slapped the water. We got into the slough and talked about the plant life as it was getting dark. Even after it had got dark Elegant Terns were still flying in a large flock overhead, I could just make out there ghostly silhouettes. Once it was dark enough we were free to move our hands through the water. The bio-luminescence was phenomenal, it was like sparks were moving through the water like tiny fireworks around your hand. On return the odd Great Egret was alarmed by us and bolted away grunting in the darkness. Once back in the harbour a Black-Crowned Night Heron watched us clumsily get out of the boats. Back at the house we planned what exactly we were going to do the next day. We were originally going to drive down Big Sur but the fires there meant we couldn't. We contacted Pete to see if we could fit on the boat he was on and we could!
Hudsonian Whimbrel 
House Wren (in the fog)
It was the last full day and we were scheduled a boat trip. We greeted Pete, bought our tickets and got on. On leaving the harbour there was a Surfbird on the rock armour in amongst the Sea Lions. We told Pete about our experience with the Townsend's Warbler and he said it then came onto their boat! As we went out we got straight onto a pod of Risso's Dolphins. We then went through the Sooty Shearwaters also seeing some Pink-Footed but no Black-Vented. We again also saw both Phalaropes and lots of Guillemots (Common Murres) mainly fathers and chicks. Then on the horizon, whilst watching Humpbacks, I saw a huge bird. I couldn't believe my eyes I had found an Albatross, it was a magnificent Black-Footed Albatross, which for me was the best bird of the trip. It glided effortlessly across the hull of the boat. People started seeing some slightly larger blows on the horizon, we headed that way. They were enormous Blue Whales. Although they weren't as 'showy' as Humpbacks their sheer size was a sight to behold and, just to top things off, sat with them were four Black-Footed Albatrosses! On return we found a group of Humpbacks, they were lunge feeding. The sea was red with krill and the Gulls and Shearwaters were going mad for it. As we headed in from this already highly successful trip a Rhinoceros Auklet flew past the boat. After this we spent the afternoon in Carmel. Here we saw Red-Breasted Nuthatch and a flock of Yellow-Rumped Warblers as well as a colony of Brown Pelicans. Not a bad last day!
Black-Footed Albatross
Blue Whale 
Humpback Whale
Pink-Footed Shearwater 

We had to leave mid-morning. As I walked through the dunes for the last time I was hopeful, this paid off. A pair of Anna's Hummingbirds were sat in the tree but the very last bird of the entire trip was a Bewick's Wren. This ensured that I had had at least one lifer every single day!
Anna's Hummingbird
This truly was one of my best trips ever and I highly recommend it to anyone especially birders. It is a place I definitely would love to go to again in the future.

By the end of the holiday the mammal list was as follows- California Sea Lion, Harbour Seal, Harbour Porpoise, Rat, Grey Squirrel, California Ground Squirrel, Bush Tailed Woodrat, Yellow Pine Chipmunk, Douglas's Squirrel, River Otter, Elephant Seal, Thule Elk, White-Tailed Deer, American Red Squirrel, Mexican Free-Tailed Bat, Sea Otter, Little Brown Bat, California Myotis (Bat), Botta's Pocket Gopher, Risso's Dolphin, Humpback Whale, Bottlenose Dolphin and Blue Whale.

By the end of the holiday the bird list looked like this -  
 Feral Pigeon                              Great Blue Heron                             Pelagic Cormorant                        
House Sparrow                          Collared Dove                                  Black Turnstone
Raven                                        Starling                                             House Finch
Western Gull                             Willet                                                Snowy Egret
Brown Pelican                          Pigeon Guillemot                              Barn Swallow
Surf Scoter                                Caspian Tern                                     Marbled Godwit
Brewer's Blackbird                   Heerman's Gull                                 Elegant Tern
American Crow                        Black-Crowned Night-Heron             Long-Billed Curlew
Great Egret                               Purple Finch                                     Semipalmated Plover
Double-Crested Cormorant     Anna's Hummingbird                        Turkey Vulture
American Goldfinch                 Killdeer                                              Cooper's Hawk 
Canada Goose                         Red-Tailed Hawk                             White-Faced Ibis
Lesser Goldfinch                     California Gull                                   Brown-Headed Cowbird
Bald Eagle                              American Kestrel                               Acorn Woodpecker
Red-Shouldered Hawk           Vaux's Swift                                       Oak Titmouse
American Robin                     Wild Turkey                                        Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Hairy Woodpecker                 Steller's Jay                                        Western Scrub-Jay
Belted Kingfisher                    California Towhee                              Western Wood-Pewee
Wilson's Warbler                    Olive-Sided Flycatcher                      Northern Flicker
Mourning Dove                      Northern Mockingbird                        Northern Rough-Winged Swallow 
Western Bluebird                   Red-Winged Blackbird                       American White Pelican 
Sharp-Shinned Hawk            Greater Yellowlegs                             American Avocet
Loggerhead Shrike                Black-Necked Stilt                             Western Sandpiper 
Dunlin                                    American Coot                                   Canvasback
Least Sandpiper                    Northern Harrier                                 White-Tailed Kite 
Bushtit                                   Yellow Warbler                                   Golden Eagle
Lesser Yellowlegs                  Short-Billed Dowitcher                      Baird's Sandpiper
California Quail                     Brown Creeper                                   Spotted Towhee 
Pacific Diver                          Western Grebe                                   Townsend's Warbler
Rock Wren                            Arctic Skua                                          Ring-Billed Gull
Swainson's Hawk                 Forster's Tern                                      Dark-Eyed Junco
White-Throated Swift            Yellow-Rumped Warbler                     Mountain Chickadee 
Western Tanager                   Red-Breasted Nuthatch                     Tree Swallow
Pintail                                   Common Tern                                     Great-Northern Diver
Pied-Billed Grebe                 Spotted Sandpiper                             Peregrine Falcon
Sooty Shearwater                Snowy Plover                                     Grey Plover 
Black Scoter                        Grey Phalarope                                  Black-Necked Grebe 
Red-Necked Phalarope       Black-Vented Shearwater                  (Hudsonian) Whimbrel
Pink-Footed Shearwater     Western Kingbird                                (Dark Eyed Junco - Oregon ssp.)
Tricoloured Blackbird           Clark's Grebe                                     Green-Winged Teal
Common Yellowthroat         Cliff Swallow                                       Solitary Sandpiper 
Shoveler                             Nashville Warbler                                Cinnamon Teal
Ruddy Duck                        Blue-Winged Teal                                Mallard
House Wren                        Black-Footed Albatross                      Surfbird
Rhinoceros Auklet              Bewick's Wren