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Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 21 2:39 pm
by Nicasso
If you know the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia, please respond to this topic. Do not include places in regions like the Sunshine Coast or Vancouver island, because those require a ferry and are farther away. Don’t include Washington state either, because the US-Canada Border is not publicly open yet, unless you are fine with being quarantined for 2 weeks, which i’m not.

(written as of December 21st, 2020)

Re: Best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia

Posted: Dec 21 3:55 pm
by BirdingBC
Black Scoters can be hard to find as they are fairly rare for our region. The most recent (Dec 20) was 4 black scoter at Tsawassen, Centennial Beach Boundry Bay. The Bay would be good this time of year so worth a trip for a variety of species. People are probably out there keeping an eye open for them and only a few have been reported in the last couple months.

eBird can give further details:

https://ebird.org/species/blksco2/CA-BC-GV

https://ebird.org/map/blksco2?neg=true& ... 0&eyr=2020

Here in Victoria, I have yet to see a Black Scoter for the year. Too few around and have not been lucky on timing to go out and see one.

Cheers and good birding,

Re: Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 21 4:23 pm
by Nicasso
Okay. If you know any good places to find wintering Black Scoters in British Columbia that don’t include a ferry and are preferably under 6 hours away from Vancouver, please tell me. Thank you for your past response though; that is probably the most helpful response i’ll hear for my question.

Re: Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 21 10:33 pm
by Nicasso
Thank you for the advice. I’ll probably go birding at Centennial beach (Boundary Bay) some day in December to search for Black Scoters and other birds too, despite being locally rare.

Re: Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 22 6:27 am
by zwest
Yes, Centennial Beach (walk south towards the U.S. border) is your best bet, but usually you’ll need a scope to see them properly.

Occasionally they show up at White Rock Pier as well, but I have yet to see one there.

Re: Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 28 7:31 am
by Calidris33
To contradict, there are almost always scoters to be seen off White Rock Pier at high tide this time of year. And fairly close. I walk there a few times a week and almost always see them. Lots yesterday in the rain!

Re: Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 28 10:50 am
by jewill
Those would be Surf, and to a lesser extent, White-winged Scoters at the pier. You are correct in that they are abundant now, no matter what the weather. I’ve even seen surfing Surf Scoters, riding the waves during high winds :P .
Black Scoters are quire rare and although they have been reported and photographed at the pier, I’ve never seen one.

Re: Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 31 12:52 pm
by Calidris33
Sorry - I do not know my scoters well!

Re: Where are the best places to find Black Scoters within 1 hour of Vancouver, British Columbia?

Posted: Dec 31 2:47 pm
by jewill
Calidris33 wrote:Sorry - I do not know my scoters well!
There’s nothing to be sorry for. That’s how we all learn. I was at the pier this morning and even though others reported seeing Black Scoters there (this was on eBird) I didn’t see a single one! I think they may be confusing juvenile Surf Scoters with Black Scoters - an easy mistake to make.