Wandering Tattler in or out of Metro Van?

A group of us (Jeremiah Kennedy, Yousif Attia and his cousin, Julian Heavysid, Ilya Povalyaev and I) went out to Pam Rocks after Julian Heavyside had reported a Wandering Tattler and Ruddy Turnstone. We departed Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Pam Rocks is near to Bowen Island and after briefly consulting maps it looked as if it was in the Metro Van checklists. We got out there and quickly found the Tattler but there was no sign of the Ruddy. We did see Black Turnstones, Surfbirds, Least and Western Sandpipers and  Pelagic Cormorant and Pigeon Guillemot colony.After we got back we had a delicious fish and chips lunch celebrating another Vancouver bird to add to our list. That year there was no Tattler at Iona where Tak Shibata usually finds them. Unfortunately that evening we figured out when Ilya tried submitting the sighting with his GPS coordinates that Pam Rocks was considered in the Sunshine Coast even though we could see Lions Bay in West Vancouver from the island. We circled around to Klootchman Park by boat and got close to several dozen Surfbirds and Black Turnstones. Klootchman Park is one of the few reliable spots to see Surfbirds in Metro Vancouver.

Regardless it was a fun day!

The gang on the boat as we head from Horseshoe Bay to Pam Rocks - Photo: Ilya Povalyaev
Addendum no Wandering Tattlers were seen at all in Metro Vancouver during our big year.


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