[Tweeters] Where have all the scoters gone? (With apologies to PeteSeeger)

David Drewry treefrog at olypen.com
Wed Jan 18 00:53:26 PST 2006


~ This is great news considering the alarmist posts... migration is a
complicated process indeed.

Capt Dave Drewry
Port Townsend, WA


----- Original Message -----
From: "Wayne C. Weber" <contopus at telus.net>
To: "TWEETERS" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 9:32 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Where have all the scoters gone? (With apologies to
PeteSeeger)



> Tweeters,

>

> Steve Ellis has commented on the low numbers of scoters,

> especially White-winged Scoters, in Whidbey Island's Penn Cove

> this winter. However, because the numbers are down in one area,

> it does not mean they're down everywhere. Phil Pickering has

> been tallying phenomenal numbers of scoters (both Surf and

> White-winged) moving south off Boiler Bay (near Newport, OR)

> during "seawatches" there for the last 3 weeks or so. Below is Phil's

> report to OBOL (Oregon Birders On Line) for Jan. 13.

>

> 67,000 scoters moving past in only 2 hours? Sheesh!!

>

> Since last December 23, according to my tabulations, Phil has recorded

> about 203,000 White-winged Scoters and 296,000 Surf Scoters,

> nearly all of them moving south, in 15 morning seawatches. Unless these

> scoters are sneaking back north in the afternoon or in the evening,

> that is one gigantic scoter movement, at a time of year when one

> would not expect them to be moving in such numbers.

>

> So, don't write off either White-winged or Surf Scoters as

> candidates for Threatened Species status just yet!

>

> Wayne C. Weber

> Delta, BC

> contopus at telus.net

>

>

>

> ----- Original Message -----

> From: "Phillip Pickering" <philliplc at harborside.com>

> To: <obol at lists.orst.edu>

> Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:05 AM

> Subject: [obol] Boiler Bay

>

>

> 7:30-9:30 (1/13):

> Overcast with light rain, wind S 10-20, 10-15 ft swells.

>

> Scoter S flight quickly up to a sustained 600-1600/min.

> combined, dropping only gradually after 8:25. Still 100/min.

> moving when I left.

>

> I'm out of town the next two days, but if this is still going on

> next week I'll have more time to look around and see if they

> might be piling up somewhere locally.

>

> 700+ Red-throated Loons (S with as many as 150 on the water)

> 30+ Common Loons

> 1 Red-necked Grebe

> 10 Western Grebes

> 10 Brandt's Cormorants

> 30 Pelagic Cormorants

> 8 Canada Geese (S, looked like westerns)

> 12 Black Scoters

> 40000+ Surf Scoters (most in first hour, a few on the water)

> 27000+ White-winged Scoters

> 1 Mew Gull

> 2 California Gulls

> 250+ Western Gulls (feeding, S)

> 20 Glaucous-winged Gulls

> 2 Black-legged Kittiwakes

> 200+ Common Murres (S)

> 119 Marbled Murrelets (S, most in pairs with a few groups to 6)

>

> Phil

> philliplc at harborside.com

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