International Brant Monitoring Project
Observation Logs:


2012/2013 Observations

Date Location Observers Count Percent Juveniles Notes
Oct 4 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 5 1
Oct 19 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 24 34 2
Oct 20 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 2 4
Oct 20 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 35 3
Oct 26 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 6 5
Oct 27 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 2 50 6
Oct 28 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 10 7
Nov 1 Padilla Bay Reserve staff 0 N/A 8
Nov 1 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 78 9
Nov 4 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 2000 2 13
Nov 4 Bodega Bay, CA Rod Hug 0 10
Nov 7 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 0 N/A 12
Nov 7 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 300 11
Nov 10 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 94 1 14
Nov 10 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 100 15
Nov 13 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 1502 3.5 17
Nov 15 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 0 0 16
Nov 18 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 400 18
Nov 20 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 732/hour 20
Nov 21 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 4000 19
Nov 23 Bodega Bay, CA Rod Hug 213 21
Nov 24 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 269 37
Nov 28 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 150 22
Nov 29 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 10 N/A 23
Dec 6 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 30 N/A 24
Dec 8 Tomales Bay, CA Rod Hug 700 26
Dec 8 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 2400 25
Dec 10 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 270 38
Dec 13 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 1450 N/A 28
Dec 13 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 300 N/A 27
Dec 14 Padilla Bay Reserve staff 10,210 n/a 29
Dec 16 OTHER OTHER 939 n/a 45
Dec 19 Drakes Estero, CA Rod Hug 244 30
Dec 19 Tomales Bay, CA Rod Hug 750 32
Dec 19 Bodega Bay, CA Rod Hug 650 31
Dec 22 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 4000 33
Dec 22 San Diego Shirley Doell 699 n/a 34
Dec 24 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 285 39
Dec 29 Oak Bay, Port Hadlock WA Diane Mulholland 4 n/a 36
Dec 29 San Diego Shirley Doell 26 35
Jan 1 Edmonds WA Thomas Sawtell 64 n/a 44
Jan 1 Sonora Coast, Mexico Waterbird Monitoring Program, Kino Bay Center 186 85
Jan 4 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 690 N/A 41
Jan 4 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 200 N/A 40
Jan 4 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 690 N/A 42
Jan 5 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 5000 43
Jan 6 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 277 48
Jan 10 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 350 N/A 46
Jan 16 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 470 2 47
Jan 24 Drakes Estero, CA Rod Hug 530 49
Feb 1 Drakes Estero, CA Rod Hug 440 50
Feb 1 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 600 N/A 51
Feb 2 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 7500 52
Feb 4 Sonora Coast, Mexico Waterbird Monitoring Program, Kino Bay Center 56 n/a 53
Feb 6 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 220 58
Feb 7 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 400 N/A 54
Feb 7 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 149 6 57
Feb 10 Tomales Bay, CA Rod Hug 2300 55
Feb 11 Bodega Bay, CA Rod Hug 72 56
Feb 12 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 5-30 59
Feb 21 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 140 N/A 60
Feb 22 OTHER OTHER 1000s n/a 61
Feb 22 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 339 62
Feb 25 Sonora Coast, Mexico Waterbird Monitoring Program, Kino Bay Center 151 63
Feb 27 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 3000 N/A 64
Feb 28 Oak Bay, Port Hadlock WA Diane Mulholland 30/50 n/a 65
Mar 6 Coos Bay, OR South Slough NERR 35 na 68
Mar 7 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 274 72
Mar 7 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 305 N/A 66
Mar 10 Oak Bay, Port Hadlock WA Diane Mulholland 80+ 10 67
Mar 12 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 110 N/A 75
Mar 15 Coos Bay, OR South Slough NERR 540 na 69
Mar 21 Coos Bay, OR South Slough NERR 175 na 71
Mar 21 Sonora Coast, Mexico Waterbird Monitoring Program, Kino Bay Center 25 70
Mar 23 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 318 73
Mar 26 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 0 N/A 79
Mar 27 Tomales Bay, CA Rod Hug 500 76
Mar 28 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 176 5.6 74
Mar 29 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 7000 77
Mar 31 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 700 78
Apr 8 Coos Bay, OR South Slough NERR 215 na 81
Apr 10 Oak Bay, Port Hadlock WA Diane Mulholland 75+ na 80
Apr 10 Padilla Bay, WA Conway School 2056 N/A 82
Apr 15 OTHER OTHER 57 n/a 83
Apr 23 Coos Bay, OR South Slough NERR 700 na 84
Apr 25 Bodega Bay, CA Rod Hug 8000 N/A 88
Apr 25 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 8,000 92
Apr 28 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 6000 86
May 3 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 260/hr 91
May 9 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 450-480 N/A 87
May 10 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 250-300 89
May 10 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 2000 93
May 11 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 22 90
May 24 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 850 94
Jun 5 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 10 N/A 95
Jun 16 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 25 96
Jun 16 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 1-23 97
Jun 20 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 2 N/A 99
Jun 21 OTHER OTHER N/A N/A 98
Jul 2 Humboldt Bay, CA Steve Rosenberg 9 100
Jul 4 Delta, B.C. Richard Swanston 3 N/A 101
Jul 14 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 11 102
Jul 20 Yaquina Bay, OR Yaquina Birders & Naturalists 6 103


Notes:

1 these birds are not fully out of their molt-they may have spent the summer here-however there are a lot of ducks already-widgeon,pintail and scaup

2 Friday Oct.19th 2012 First brant in Boundary Bay! This afternoon at Boundary Bay Metro Vancouver Park in Tsawwassen. I was just off the Beach Grove Lagoonat 14:40 and found a large disturbance of water fowl on the fore shore. Just as I arrived a Bald Eagle was passing over the area. Right away I saw a black line of large birds flying off. My first brant geese for the fall season. Luckily they circled the Bay several times and returned and landed just off the Lagoon. I counted15 Brant of which5 were juveniles. A few minutes later another group flew in making a total of 24with I believe 7 juveniles.

A Couple that frequently walk the dike Even in the worst weather stated that they had seen a large flock of Brant off the Park Yesterday During the horrible Rain and wind storm we had It;s very likely they came in with that weather event

Richard Swanston Delta

4 During a 7:30-11:45 AM seawatch on Oct. 20 at Boiler Bay State Park (which is about 13 miles north of Yaquina Bay), Phil Pickering saw 2 Brant flying south along the coast. During a 7:30-10:45 AM seawatch on Oct. 21 at Boiler Bay, Phil Pickering, Wayne Hoffman, and Shawneen Finnegan only saw 1 Brant flying south. So Brant passage is slow along the coast here.
Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon

3 a brisk north wind was blowing this am and i saw a flock of 35 brant working the beach sandspit. i was close enough to see several juveniles but couldnt tell what the percentage was.the birds landed near a favorite sand point- these are all along south bay and show as the tide recedes- i also saw a juvenile peregrine falcon chasing shorebirds, 2 canvasbacks, a many puddle ducks and one other lone brant-i may have seen another flock of brant migating south out over the ocean,but couldnt tell for sure

5 Under gray skies and a brisk wind from the south, I found a tight flock of 6 Brant east of the Yaquina Bay Bridge and east of the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center at Idaho Flats late this afternoon. These are the first reported this fall at Yaquina Bay embayments, where they overwinter. In the past few days, there have been a few scattered reports of Brant flying south along the coast nearby, including Walt Nelson's report of a flock of possible Brant flying south near Ona Beach this morning. I have not been out looking, so they may have arrived before today, though these were in a small flock like they often are just after they arrive. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon. Historical records are accessible through "Click to download full text" link at
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/8081

6 heard other brant while duck huntihg-later saw these 2-one clearly a juvenile-fog most of morning hindered observation-lots of pintails this year

7 these were seen by a friend yesterday after the fog cleared

8 No sign of brant, the ones who migrate to Padilla Bay may start their migration later. There where large clusters of ducks (10's of thousands), along with around 75 snow geese, and 50 loons.

9 these appeared after a light storm-2 flocks and a couple of small bunches-there are thousands of surf scoters just offshore in the ocean-bluebird weather continues

13 November 4th was an ideal day to look for Brant, with the high cloud cover, a good SE wind and the rising tide. Amongst the thousands of waterfowl in the bay, the majority was Brant. Along with the Brant, there was also a large presence of Western Grebe.

10 No brant seen yet in Bodega Bay. The water was glassy calm. Thanks to Steve Rosenberg to his reports. My wife an I made a trip to Marysville, CA to look at the Tundra Swans. We alway hope to see Trumpeter Swans as well. Only 4 swans were there at this date. But we saw hundreds of Sandhill Cranes.

A few days ago a large flock of migrating snow geese flew over our house. A rare sight here in Santa Rosa.

12 The first Brant trip of the season with Conway Middle School was warm and sunny with a slight breeze. Though there were no Brant sightings there were a variety of ducks on the water, along with bald eagles and great blue herons.

11 north wind this am and a significant migration-i saw about 10 flocks- some came in the bay and some flew by just outside-by the afternoon, they were all gone-saw a pair of peregrines today-one fought with a kite in mid-air

14 Some Brant are flying along the Oregon central coast. During a 7:15-11:45 AM seawatch at Boiler Bay on Nov. 5, Phil Pickering tallied 90 Brant. During a 7:00-8:30 AM Boiler Bay seawatch on Nov. 7, Phil counted 30 Brant. Boiler Bay is about 13 miles north of Yaquina Bay.

Inside Yaquina Bay at Idaho Flats the morning of Nov. 10, Wayne Hoffman found 94 Brant. Wayne noted that these included 1 juvenile (HY), 2 apparent second-year birds (SY), and 91 adults. Wayne commented that this "looks like near-complete nesting failure for wherever this flock breeds. Quite a few birds were banded." Idaho Flats is east of the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center and is one of the embayments at Yaquina Bay where Brant overwinter.
(Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon)


15 the gradual migration continues-hunter bags indicate, as well as my personal observations a healthy juvenile population this year-still too early to tell,tho as flocks vary since their range is vast-i took an 8yr old plus female from the high arctic on nov 7-apparently there have been some problems with juvenile production in certain y-k areas due mainly to eskimo-seal-fox relationships having an effect on sedge growth necessary for juveniles to fledge in time for migration-chris nicoli has this information-however reports say the population is still at normal levels

17 There are still many brant being observed in B.C. The first Grey Bellied Brant juvenile was seen, along with 112 adults. There was a juvenile brant with band 205 ab-2.

16 On the second trip with Conway no brant were observed. Brock, Alex and Andrew did get to see a large amount of pintails. Some of the obstacles they encountered while birding was foggy skies in the morning and nearby hunters at the second site.

18 after 50 brant a day or so entering the bay for the last week a significant number finally showed- beating their way against the southeast gale and 14 ft seas.

20 Brant are on the move along the Oregon Coast! Phil Pickering has recently been doing mostly morning seawatches at Boiler Bay State Park, which is about 13 miles north of Yaquina Bay. On Nov. 20 during 10:30 AM -12:00 PM, Phil counted 1,100 Brant (most in the first 45 minutes including a flock of 300), and later during 1:30 -3:45 PM, he spotted 970 Brant (including one flock of 330). This calculates out to an average rate of 732 Brant/hour during Phil's first seawatch and 432 Brant/hour during his second seawatch.
On previous days at Boiler Bay, Phil only saw 8 Brant during 7:45-10:00 AM on Nov. 12, 8 Brant during 9:15-10:30 AM on Nov 15, and only 1 Brant during 7:45-9:15 AM on Nov. 16.
Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon

19 during the stormy weather of the last several days, varying waves of brant came and went-on clearing skies this am the number of birds coming in and hastily leaving the bay to points south due to hunting pressure and natural migratory inclination was a site indeed- it is noon now and most are gone-to rod hug-keep your eyes peeled as over the last week i have seen about 6000

21 Some of those birds from north of here are starting to show up. The tide was very low; all the brant were resting on a sand bar away from the many boats and some clam diggers. Large numbers of golden eye and shore birds are in Bodega. 23 white pelicans were feeding along the side of the channel.

Few brown pelicans were evident. A few months ago many brown pelicans were starving here; apparently the anchovy runs had failed.

37 All were east of Yaquina Bay Bridge at embayment areas where they overwinter. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists,
Newport, Oregon.

22 yesterday a friend took a brant with an incomplete neck collar and gray belly-he has a picture and would appreciate input on identification-it looks like an atlantic brant i took years ago except the belly is gray not whitish-my email is sjreur@aol.com-thanks-a few more brant have shown up the last 3 days

23 The brant are starting to arrive in small groups. It wasn't the best day for birding because of the high winds, but we still managed to see brant along with thousands of ducks.

24 Today was a very rainy day, at the beginning of the day it was raining quite hard but lightened up by the end of our trip. Even with the difficult weather Joshua and Logan spotted some nearby Brant along with grebes, loons, an pintails. Throughout the day there were also many bald eagle sightings.

26 Several scull boats were out. One boat with two men had six brant. Don't know if other boats were gettin brant.

25 brant season is over here-there is a healthy juvenile population this year- a gray-belly was taken here about a week ago-saw a bald eagle yesterday-northwest wind today and nippy

38 All were east of Yaquina Bay Bridge at embayment areas where they overwinter. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists,
Newport, Oregon.

28 On Thursday at Boundary Bay Metro in Delta B.C. the wind was coming from the SSE at 8 knots; there was also overcast and the tide was 12.5 feet and falling. It was a good day for reading brant bands, the ones identified were:

right leg, black band, white codes-- 5A9 ab 3
right leg,black band-- heartshapeV3 ab -3 with a blue twist tie right leg,black band-- heartshape09 ab 3
right leg, black band, white codes-- 1LZ ab 1
right leg, white band, blue codes-- R8 ab3



27 Today was quite cold and windy on Mary, Morgan, and Madeleine's brant trip. There were around 300 brant on the bay at Camp Kirby, there were even a few brant on the shore preening and eating gravel. Along with brant, Mary, Morgan and Madeline also saw thousands of pintails and mallards, they even saw a large group of herons! The weather conditions were perfect for seeing many different types of birds.

29 Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife did a count of brant in our area. they flew over Padilla Bay and other bays from here to the Canadian border. Here are the results:
Padilla Bay, 4820
Samish Bay, 1510
Portage Island/Brant point, 160
Lummi Bay, 3110
Birch Bay, 380
Drayton Harbor, 0
Blaine Harbor, 230
Total, 10,210
They will do another count in January. If they count more than 6,000 then the hunting season for brant will be open for 8 days in January.

Alex

45 The Bellingham Christmas Bird Count includes Lummi Bay near Bellingham Washingtom. that's probably where they saw most or all of these brant.
Alex

30 The day was perfect; the water was glassy clam; temp was 55F. It was good to see Brant in Drakes Estero. Nevertheless, just for reminder, Drakes Estero hosted up to 4000 Brant in the 1950s.
The local oyster farm has had its permit continuance denied by the interior dept. During the 1950s it was Johnson's Oyster Farm. Mr Johnson, who was my dads age, told me the brant disappeared suddenly from the estero in the early 1960s. I doubt the oyster farm presence had anything to do with the brant disappearance.

Saw a peregrine falcon harassing a cooper hawk, about a dozen white pelicans, several flocks of beautiful bufflehead, and canada geese mixed in with pintail and widgeon.

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31 Visited Bodega, Tomales, and Drake Estero the same day to get an area count; total was 1644 brant.

Merry Christmas to all.

33 this is a partial count since i did not observe the entire bay,however numbers have definitely increased-the weather is atrocious-cold,windy and rain most every day- the ocean is on a rampage as are all creeks and rivers here-the pastures are inundated-definitely a soggy december-but the brant are undaunted

34 I saw a brant in San Diego last December and was able to read the band. I re-sighted this bird yesterday, in the identical place (within 50 feet) of where I read it's band last winter. It turns out it was banded as an adult male in the NW territories by James Hines in July 1994. It will be at least 20 years old this spring! He was associating yesterday with one other brant and no juveniles were with them. -Shirley

39 All were east of Yaquina Bay Bridge at embayment areas where they overwinter. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists,
Newport, Oregon.

36 Four Brant seen off and on today in Oak Bay. There was one other group of seven several days ago that flew into the bay but did not stay. I was at too great a distance to detect juveniles.

Weather: Temp low 40s; Wind 5mph; light but steady rain

35 I was in South San Diego Bay today, and saw a nice flock of 26 brant near Coronado Cays. Also yesterday I received results back from a band submital from the survey on Mission Bay on the 22nd. The band was 3EN, and it is a male, banded in 1997 as an adult in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

44 First sighting of the winter

85 186 brants were observed foraging in Estero Santa Cruz today in Mexico during the low tide.

41 At Boundary Bay the contions for bant were ideal; with wind from the ENE at 8 knots, and the tide falling quickly. There were 2 bands spotted, there was a white band with the code +30 ab -3 and a black band with the code V1T ab -3.

40 On January 4, 2013 Steven, Jimmy, and Jack went out to look for brant. At their first site in Bay View State Park they observed tens of thousands of ducks in large groups together. Their next site at Camp Kirby had rougher waters along with some rain, but the brant were still out of the water and preening and eating gravel. At the last site on the Swinomish channel, similarly to the Bay View there were a large amount of ducks. There were also three bald eagles, one being a juvenile, and a perched double crested cormorant.

42 At Boundary Bay the contions for bant were ideal; with wind from the ENE at 8 knots, and the tide falling quickly. There were 2 bands spotted, there was a white band with the code +30 ab -3 and a black band with the code V1T ab -3.

43 the spring migration has begun with new arrivals every day for a week

48 All Brant were east of Yaquina Bay Bridge at embayment areas. None were west of Yaquina Bay Bridge. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists,
Newport, Oregon.

46 On January 10th, the day started out cold and windy with a high percentage of overcast. However the tide was dropping when Conway students visited their first brant site at Camp Kirby so they were able to see around 50 brant on shore and 300 close by in the water. Unfortunately at the other two sites the wind increased significantly, and we didn't see any brant, but there were large groups of ducks huddled together and a large group of 30 herons.

47 Out of the small amount of juveniles observed they were all black brant. So far this year it seems to be a poor brood year for the grey bellied brants.

49 This was a good count for Drakes Estero. The water was calm with a 9 mph east wind. Temp about 58F. Nice day.

50 The brant were spread over the estero in small groups. Counted 91 white pelicans and 75 harbor seals. Lots of canvasback, goldeneye and other diving ducks. A light offshore wind kept the day warm (67F). Drakes Estero is a pristine, remote place. Walking through a pine forest on the Estero trail i could hear the pine cones cracking open. I really enjoy going there.



51 On the first day of February it was a clear, sunny day with winds ranging from 3-10 mph. The tide was falling at the beginning of Mckenna, Hannah, and and Bailey's brant trip which led to them seeing large flocks of brant. Though throughout the day the tide continued to drop exposing the mud flats which made it more difficult to the see the brant at our other locations, but they were seen far out.

52 south bay only-the youth hunt was this weekend so those north should watch for new arrivals as the pressure was intense and i observed brant flying north out of south bay-last time i looked north bay had about 2000 brant

53 My name is Emily and I am a conservation biologist working in the Gulf of California in the state of Sonora, Mexico. We regularly observe brant during their fall/spring migrations, mostly moving along the Canal de Infernillo, which is in the territory of the indigenous Comca'ac people. I recently spotted a banded brant in Estero Santa Rosa, which is a small estuary along the canal. This is the first banded bird I have spotted, and I'm trying to contact the researcher who banded the bird. I did not report it to the USGS because, unfortunately, I could not make out the letters due to the bird walking in shallow water and was hoping that the researcher might be able to figure them out.

I am very happy to join your project, as I can also supply monitoring data in the future. Our program is run by fellows who normally stay on for terms of 1-2 years.

Observation date: Feb 4, 2013
Location: Estero Santa Rosa, Comca'ac Nation, Mexico (approx 2858'26.58"N, 11210'1.41"W)
Number of brant: 56
Activity: roosting and preening
right tibia: red or maroon plastic band (could not make out fully due to water splashing)
left tibia: metallic band

Note from Alex: The band looks like 8H9 to me in the photos Emily sent.

58 At embayment areas east of the Yaquina Bay bridge, I found only 220 Brant, and west of the Bridge no Brant near dusk. Earlier in the day, Chuck Philo had found 60 west of the Bridge.

54 At the beginning of the Conway outing, the weather was clearing up but the wind increased enough making the water rough, in turn the brant were fa offshore. After around 30 minutes Skylar, Ezra, and Fernando observed 400 brant moving closer to shore.

57 Some brant were seen, but their presence was affected by the large amount of bald eagles that has been increasing in the Boundary Bay area.

55 It was high tide and brant were walking in the pickle grass, but too far away to see bands. A few brown pelicans were diving for fish. It was the best brant count at Tomales that I can remember, excepting numbers in the 1950s. Don't know if these were migrating birds stopping off. A guy I met at Point Reyes said 2000 or so brant have been sitting in the ocean off Tomales Bay for the duration of the hunting season.

56

59 Brant occasionally are on land at a short grass area along the Yaquina Bay South Jetty in winter, but prior to this year, I do not think we have had any records of them on land east of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Starting on Jan. 23, 5-6 have regularly been seen by Pete Lawson, Roy Lowe, and Wayne Hoffman grazing on the short-grass lawn or walking in the parking lot at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, east of the Bridge and near Yaquina Bay embayments. On Jan. 25, Pete reports that a custodian estimated about 30 there. 5 were still there on Feb. 12 (Roy Lowe). There has been a concern that some might be hit by motor vehicles when they venture out onto the parking lot. This is unusual behavior for here. The time of observations for their presence suggests that they have been there at tide heights when eelgrass Zostera marina is not available for them to feed on at embayment areas. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists


60 It was a cold, windy day at Padilla Bay on Preston, Grayson, and Charles brant outing. The wind picked up at Camp Kirby where they observed around 140 brant that were drifting closer to shore. No brant were seen at any of the other locations and there were few waterfowl at the sites, but instead in the field ponds. Though the weather wasn't the greatest Preston, Grayson, and Charles saw 37 bald eagles.

61 A bird watcher told me he saw thousands of brant in Bellingham Bay between Lummi Shore Road and Portage Island. This is near Bellingham Washington, just south of the Canadian border.

Glen "Alex" Alexander
Education Coordinator
Padilla Bay Reserve

62 It must be spring migration time! Brant numbers at Yaquina Bay embayment areas east of the Yaquina Bay Bridge increased to 339. I looked and there were none west of the Bridge, where they also often appear during spring migration. 5-6 Brant continue to be occasionally seen on the lawn at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center; it appears that they are only there when tide heights are too high for them to feed on Z. marina eelgrass at nearby embayment areas. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon. Historical records are accessible through "Click to
download full text" at http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/8081

63 Weather: 50% cloud cover; 60 degrees F; wind 12-15 mph SW; low tide
Location: Estero Santa Rosa, Mexico
Activity: Brants were observed roosting on an offshore sandbar and swimming along the canal

64 Today was focused on getting more bands than counts, but during the count there was a high percentage of Western Arctic Brant. Some of the bands that were observed were:

L/L Green White Codes 3GN ab 2+
R/L Black Band White Codes 920 ab 2
R/L Black Band White Codes ERS ab -2
R/L Black Band White Codes Heartshape9T ab 1
R/L Black Band White Codes Y9Y ab 1
R/L Yellow Band Black Codes 3Vheartshape
L/L Blue Band White Codes heartshape5T (Western Arctic Brant)




65 About 30 Brant were seen by Fred Nason this morning in Oak Bay. They flew into shore, but did not stay long.

Yesterday I saw about 50 Brant in Oak Bay around noon.
These Brant also did not stay long, but I spotted them along the north shore of the bay, staying about an hour.

These are the first Brant we've seen in weeks.

Weather: temperature 46;light wind; light rain off and on.


68 The brant were dabbling in eelgrass on the far side of the bay near North Spit. While recent spawning of herring in the bay has led to thousands of scoter, bufflehead, and scaup diving to feed on the roe, the brant were not within these flocks. These are the first brant I have seen on the bay so far this year.

Tom Gaskill, South Slough NERR

72 111 Brant were east of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, where they customarily winter, and 163 were west of the Bridge, where they regularly show during spring migration. But it is not clear if those west of the Bridge were migrants because the total west and east of the Bridge (274) is about the same as the number that overwintered. Perhaps some of them moved from the embayments to west of the Bridge. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon

66 The day started out clear with some scattered showers. 305 brant were seen at the first location, Camp Kirby, most of the brant were feeding on eelgrass but some were active in the sky.

67 Late morning arrival of two groups totaling about 80.
Counted 8 juvs.
This last hour today about the same number have returned.
There is creek running into the bay near our beach where the Brant are congretating--drinking, bathing, and preening.

These are the first Oak Bay Brant sightings since my last report.
There is a noticible lack of feeding in all groups.
Local theory is that Geoduck harvesters, present in the bay several years ago, disrupted the food supply. Eel beds have declined, leaving Brant to seek alternative feeding sites.

75 Today was an extremely windy and cold day. The tide was low and it seemed the brant were getting pushed to shore. Though it wasn't the best day outside Luz, Melissa, and Veronica saw some brant along with 17 herons.

69 these birds were spotted by gabe,sam,sophi,katie,and tom. it was overcast.

71 The weather was partly sunny and at a mid-tide the brant were dabbling on eelgrass along the rocky shore near Fossil Point. They were split into two flocks but during the time I was watching they joined together.

Tom Gaskill, South Slough NERR

70 25 Brants observed roosting in Estero Tastiota along the Sonoran Coast of Mexico.

73 No Brant were east of the Yaquina Bay Bridge where they winter, and 318 were west of the Bridge on the north side of the channel at a flat rock shelf. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon

79 After noticing a large concentration of diving waterfowl, it was time to check out the eelgrass to see what the waterfowl have been eating. Luckily enough, it was a large herring spawning area, this was the first time in the Tsawwassen beach area that an event of this scope has occurred! Hopefully this means that we will be seeing more of the migrating brant from Mexico as they come to get fat reserves by eating some of the eggs as they continue north.

76 I was a little surprised to see this many brant in Tomales Bay this late. The brant were rafted up between hog island and toms point.

74 The brant were distant at the beginning of the day due to loud construction but throughout the day with the falling tide the brant settled close to shore.

77 south bay only

78 During a 7 hour seawatch 1 mile north of Depoe Bay, Jeff Gilligan counted 700 Brant flying north in 9 flocks. This is about 13 miles north of Yaquina Bay. Brant regularly migrate along the Oregon central coast during fall and spring migrations. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon

81 The brant were seen dabbling along the shore and walking on a shelf of rock near Fossil Point, an ancient formation of marine sandstone. I also observed a Common eider. This particular duck was seen here in Oregon for the first time at the end of March.

Two of the brant seen had leg bands. One had two white bands, the one on the right leg with black lettering. Unfortunately, I couldn't make out the letters or numbers. The second brant had one white band on the left leg.

Tom Gaskill, South Slough NERR Charleston, Oregon

80 About 75 Brant preening on the beach.
Wind calm; temp 48; light rain

These are the first Brant since my last report.
Perusing old logs, two years ago I reported 300 Brant on April 8th. This had been our usual yearly April population since my records began in 2002.
Our numbers have declined significantly the past two years.

82 At 11:00 am the weather at Padilla Bay was cold and extremely windy so there weren't many birds on the water, we saw 56 brants and 46 great blue herons at Camp Kirby. The next site at the Swinomish channel was were we saw thousands of brant! They were a bit far away, but they were all lining up together. The last site, that was further down the channel didn't have a lot of birds, but we saw 1 bald eagle and on the way back to school saw 2 coyotes.

83 I'm on vacation. While riding the train down the coast of Ireland, south out of Dublin, from the train window I saw brant at every estuary we crossed.

Alex
Glen Alexander
Education Coordinator
Padilla Bay Reserve
Washignton State

84 Plenty of brant moving around lower Coos Bay right now. I saw two large flocks, one near Pigeon Point and one near Fossil Point.

Tom Gaskill, South Slough NERR

88 Over at Camp Kirby we saw thousands of brant! They were swimming a little father from shore in very large groups on our very sunny and warm field trip.

92 At Boiler Bay State Park, Phil Pickering did a 3.75 hr seawatch on April 23 and found 600 Brant [160/hr average] and a 10 hr seawatch on April 25 and counted 8,000 Brant [800/hr average]. Also at Boiler Bay, Wayne Hoffman did a 2.5 hr seawatch on April 27 and tallied 900 Brant [360/hr average], and Phil did a 2.5 hr seawatch on 4/29 and only found 47 Brant [19/hr average]. Boiler Bay is along the coast and is about 13 miles north of Yaquina Bay. So there was a heavy movement migrating north along the Oregon central coast in late April. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists

86 on april 26 while digging razor clams north of humboldt bay, i saw 75 brant leisurely migrating north just ouside the surf line-there have been many brant here all april

91 During a 6:00-11:00 AM seawatch at Boiler Bay State Park, Phil Pickering counted 1,300 flying by. Boiler Bay is along the coast and is about 13 miles north of Yaquina Bay. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists

87 Because of a fish dumping of around 50 Halibut heads, there was a larger amount of eagles that caused a disturbance to the brant on shore. Though with the distractions still was able to read some of the brant bands:

L/L Green or Blue White Codes 234 ab 2
L/L Blue Band White Codes 6SH ab 2 +
L/L Blue Band White Codes 3A0 ab 4
R/L Black Band White Codes LRN AB 2
R/L Black Band White Codes 48S AB 2
R/L Black Band White Codes UL1 AB 1
R/L Black Band White Codes 26* AB 3
R/L Aqua Black Codes VR7 ab -2

89 Richard Demarest saw a flock of about 250-300 Brant on the water or on the beach just north of the Devil's Punch Bowl State Park, which is along the coast about 8 miles north of Yaquina Bay. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists

93 the brant have thinned out here since my last observation and i expect most to be gone by the end of this week

90 I did not find any Brant east of the Yaquina Bay Bridge where they overwinter, but I found 22 near the northwest side of the Bridge on the rock shelf at low tide. They moved away from 2 people and an unleashed dog walking by. Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists

94 this is the latest i have seen this many-they were all together in an eelgrass swale at low tide in the middle of the bay

95 There are few remaining brant, but they are looking tired and shabby. These brant are in such poor shape they may not be able to migrate much further north.

96 maybe these will stay all summer

97 June 1-16 sightings in Lincoln County along the Oregon Central Coast:
On June 7, Michael Mefford saw 12 fly north past Siletz Spit at Siletz Bay.
On June 8, Roy Lowe watched 1 fly north past Yaquina Head.
On June 10, Wayne Hoffman saw 6 "scruffy" Brant along the Yaquina Bay South Jetty just west of the Yaquina Bay Bridge that were "probably summering immatures."
On June 16, Jim and Karan Fairchild spotted 23 flying north past Cape Foulweather between Newport and Depoe Bay.
This seems to be more reports than usual for June, and it is notable that most reports were of Brant still flying north. Reports usually become even scarcer during July-September. (Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists, Newport, Oregon. Historical records are accessible through "Click to download full text" at http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/8081)



99 There are still small sightings of brant by the Ferry Terminal Tsawwassen.

98 David Ward reports, "Been checking brant nests near the mouth of the Colville R. Delta....they are doing well but its a slightly later nesting season than last year."

100 these were flying west towards the open sea between the harbor jetties about 9am as i was coming back from salmon fishing at hi flood

101 Along with brant where 100 Western Sandpipers.

102 On July 14, Paul Sullivan and Carol Karlen found 11 Brant on the ocean beach by Moolack Shores Motel, which is north of Yaquina Head and about 4 miles north of Yaquina Bay. Brant are uncommon along the coast here during July-September. (Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists,
Newport, Oregon. Historical records are accessible through "Click to
download full text" at
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/8081)

103 Florence and the Siuslaw Estuary are about 40 miles south of Yaquina Bay. In the morning of July 20, Brandon Green found six very worn Brant in the North Siuslaw Jetty area and has a photograph of three of them at http://bjg.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Avifauna/i-rqQJGM3/0/L/Brant-L.jpg In the photograph they are so faded and worn that they have a pale belly contrasting with a black neck more like American Brant than Black Brant; however, the one to the left has a complete white neck collar like a Black Brant. They lingered because at 6 PM on July 20, Dan & Anne Heyerly saw 6 loafing in the same general area on the muddy area at the base of the north jetty there where the road makes a 90-degree turn toward the west at the base of the hill.
Range Bayer for Yaquina Birders & Naturalists


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