[Tweeters] Point wilson

Bob Whitney rlw at cablespeed.com
Wed Dec 9 16:03:43 PST 2009

Point Wilson
11-9-09 time 0930~1230, tide incoming to outgoing, seas 1 ft. swell, clear skies, wind calm coming up to 6 mph from the south, air temp. 28 degrees rising to 33 degrees
Pacific Loon 3
Yellow-billed Loon 1
Red-necked Grebe 3
Horned Grebe 4
Pelagic Cormorant 11
Double-crested Cormorant 17
Brandt's Cormorant 9
Common Murre 163
Pigeon Guillemot 27
Rhinoceros Auklet 1
Marbled Murrelet 68, they were feeding in the water to the east in many pairs of birds and within 70 yards from the point. Last year was a high count for me in three years at 700+ on several days.

Ancient Murrelet 111, their numbers will peak the last of this month or the first week of the new year. I have seen as many as 1200 in a two hour period of time if my timing is right.
Glaucous-winged Gull + Hybrid 18
Mew Gull 39
Black Brant 12
Northern Pintail 18
Surf Scoter 26
White-winged Scoter 14
Harlequin Duck 12
Bufflehead 26
Red-breasted Merganser 17
Black Oystercatcher 6
Killdeer 8
Sanderling 3
Northern Flicker 1
Common Raven 1
American Crow 28
Song Sparrow 2
House Finch 21
Come on out to Point Wilson on an incoming tide to a slack tide and see Alcids. Now is the time for best viewing. Watch the Ancient Murrelets crash land every which way into the water its quit a sight. While the Marbled Murrelets are most always in pairs, have single Marbled Murrlet come close to a paired couple the paired birds will raise their heads high and swim away from the single bird.

Robert Whitney
rlw at cablespeed.com
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