Trip Report by Thomas Plath
Rain and wind did not deter the five members that showed for birding at White Rock Pier. We stood under the shelter/shop at the base and scoped the birds out of the rain. The two common scoters White-winged and Surf were busy feeding in front of us and with patience the group able to view a female Black Scoter feeding in front of us. Further out a large flock of about 80 Red-breasted Mergansers flew in to feed in a tight group. The weather improved slightly so we ventured down the pier to the tip for a “sea watch”. Along the jetty a few Black Turnstones feeding on the rocks gave us great views. This location is the most reliable in the Vancouver area for Eared Grebe however none were detected amongst the many Horned Grebes. Basic plumaged Common Loons gave us good close views however the few Red-throated Loons and Long-tailed Ducks stayed further out. The pier walk offers outstanding views of sea ducks, grebes and loons.