Brandt's Cormorant: Ralph Hocken Photo.
The Tuesday Bird Walk went to Columbia Beach. Twelve birders saw and heard thirty-two species of birds. The surf was up and pounding on the shore on a windy, blustery December morning.
Highlights of the morning included a large flock of over three hundred Dunlin and three Black-bellied Plovers flying inland over us after leaving the large gravel bar. Over one hundred Black Turnstones and about forty Mew Gulls covered the gravel bar. Further off shore several Brandt's Cormorants, Double-crested Cormorants and Pelagic Cormorants flew low over the water. Several rafts of Common Goldeneye, Harlequin Ducks, Pacific Loons, a lone Common Loon and Red-throated Loon were spotted on the choppy waters. We saw eight House Finch perched on a low bush facing into the strong winds head on. One Long-tailed Duck sped past us low over the water heading down the Strait of Georgia.