Birding in an atmospheric river

Robin Rowland 

I went out with local birders on Saturday January27 to do the monthly shorebird count. One of the many atmospheric rivers sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean meant heavy rain, fog and some wind. It certainly didn’t stop the birds nor the birders.

A blelted kingfisher on the outlook for prey at MK Bay Marina,  January 27. 2204 in heavy rain during an atomospheric river.
Male and female mallards at Wathl Creek as it empties into Douglas Channel. Heavy rain bouncing off the water. (Robin Rowland)

There were at least 60 probably more common mergansers both at Wahtl Creek and further out from MK Bay Marina.

Here are three males and female. (Robin Rowland)
Two male  common mergansers. (Robin Rowland)
Three female common mergansers. (Robin Rowland)

 

There were a lot of mergansers further out in the harbour. (Robin Rowland)
A crow flies across the Wahtl ereek estuary with something in its mouth. (Robin Rowland)

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