Seawall Seabird Survey: Nov.26!

Thanks to all volunteers who came out to our October bird survey in Stanley Park. We were treated to close views of secretive hermit thrushes, and were surrounded by golden- and ruby-crowned kinglets. You can see the results of the survey here.

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Ruby crowned kinglet (Photo: Liron Gertsman)

Our next monthly survey in the Park will be Sunday, November 20th starting at 10:00 am at the Stanley Park Nature House. Please bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them; there are also some to borrow. If you are new to our monthly bird surveys and would like to be a volunteer surveyor, please email Else Mikkelsen.

We also have a special upcoming survey: the annual Winter Seawall Survey. This count occurs once per year, and this year it will be Saturday, November 26, starting at 10:00 am at the Stanley Park Nature House. This is a great opportunity for birders of all levels to experience the biodiversity of Vancouver’s seabirds, and to gain experience with waterbird identification and population monitoring.

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A raft of scoters and golden eyes erupts off Stanley Park’s shores (Photo: Liron Gertsman)

There will be hundreds of surf scoters and Barrow’s goldeneye, alongside a plethora of other seaducks, grebes, loons, cormorants, gulls, and more. We may catch sight of endangered marbled murrelets, and there is a very high chance to see artistically stunning harlequin ducks. Last year we counted over 1600 birds of 28 species along the seawall.

If you would like to attend this seawall survey, please email Else Mikkelsen to sign up. 

 

By Else Mikkelsen, Monthly Bird Survey Leader