Monday, 28 March 2011

West Coast Sailing 5: The List

There were many great bird sightings on this trip with even the more “ordinary” birds showing amazing beauty
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
… and some remarkable behaviours, like a Belted Kingfisher, which was following a Harbour Seal around the bay at Musgrave Landing on Saltspring Island.  The seal was chasing a small shoal of fish around the shallow water along the shore and the kingfisher was dashing in to grab fish as they leapt out of the water ahead of the seal.  This is the best shot I managed to get of a kingfisher on the trip but it does capture a certain essence of what it’s like to see one of these birds hunting.
Belted Kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon
Anyway, that about wraps it up for the West Coast Sailing trip.  Here's a list of species seen, in chronological order with life birds in bold:
  1. American Wigeon
  2. Common Merganser
  3. Glaucous-winged Gull
  4. Bufflehead
  5. Belted Kingfisher
  6. Great Blue Heron
  7. Common Goldeneye
  8. Pelagic Cormorant
  9. Double-crested Cormorant
  10. Pigeon Guillemot
  11. Canada Goose
  12. Brandt's Cormorant
  13. Hooded Merganser
  14. American Robin
  15. Dark-eyed Junco
  16. Winter Wren
  17. Herring Gull
  18. Trumpeter Swan
  19. Turkey Vulture
  20. Barrow's Goldeneye
  21. Anna's Hummingbird
  22. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  23. Harlequin Duck
  24. Northwestern Crow
  25. Bald Eagle
  26. Brant
  27. Red-breasted Merganser
  28. Rhinoceros Auklet
  29. Common Murre
  30. Song Sparrow?
  31. Rock Pigeon
  32. Mew Gull

Passing Cloud, Fine Madness, and Duen in Poet's Cove, South Pender Island


  1. Beautiful pictures, very impressive list.
    My favorite picture is the last one.

  2. Agreed, the pictures are amazing, the west coast looks like a great place.