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2015-2016 SURVEY - Table of Contents

1. Overview
2. Species List
3. Summary Graphs
4. Bird Abundance Charts
5. Survey Site Summaries

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During the 2015-16 season of the Puget Sound Seabird Survey, 720 surveys from October 2015 through April 2016 were completed. Surveys were conducted at 120 locations within 8 Puget Sound counties - Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston. Though several sites were retired this year, there were surveys conducted at five more sties than the previous season. These surveys represented approximately 171 hours of survey time and approximately 1,220 hours of volunteer effort. Data were collected on 54 species of seabird and waterfowl that utilize near-shore habitat, an increase of one species from the previous season. 

2015-2016 PSSS Leaderboard

                                       Site Name Season Stats Volunteers Name
Site with
most birds 
1.  Elwah River North    2435 Judy Mullally, Denny Van Horn
2.  South Beach Fish Pens 2334 Don Duprey, John White
  3.  Harper Pier 2141 Dan Froehlich
Busiest Site 1.  Tramp Harbor Fishing Pier 486 Ezra Parker, Harsi Parker, Joanne Hennessey, Ina Opplinger
  2.  Chimacum Creek 413 Sarah Peden, Johanna King, Bobbee Davidson, Jennifer McDonald
  3.  Point No Point 395 Jean Olson, Nemesia Herzstein, Maria Steinbeisser, Geoff Custer
Site with
most species
1.  Dumas Bay 40 Dan Roscoe, Ron Leamon
2.  Carkeek Park 38 Frank Snow, Kristin Campbell, Linda Murtfeldt, John Murtfeldt, Jim Fiero
  3.  West Point North 37 Rob Britschgi, Eileen Bruce, Chris Rennick, Mike Gerity
  4.  Sinclair Inlet 37 Dan Froehlich    
Site with 
fewest birds
1.  Owens Beach Pt. Defiance 27 Peter Hodum, Nathalie Hamel  
(way to hang
in there!)
2.  Narrows Park 30 Diane Nason, Kathie Stork
3.  Joemma Beach 39 Joyce Murray



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Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose

Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe

Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

American Coot

Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Tufted Puffin

Bonaparte's Gull
Heermann's Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull

Caspian Tern

Click each name
to view the species page
on the interactive
PSSS website!

Bold birds
are species that
were observed in
flight, outside 300m,
or after time



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 Total Bird Count by Month  Total Bird Count by Species

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The species chosen for the analyses below follow the Puget Sound Partnership Vital Signs key ecosystem indicators for marine birds.



View all sightings of
Pigeon Guillemot
in Puget Sound
in Google Maps!


View all sightings of
Western Grebe
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Rhinoceros Auklet
in Puget Sound
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View all sightings of
Marbled Murrelet
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View all sightings of
Surf Scoter
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Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
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  Listed by site number   Listed by county  
1 Dash Pt. State Park KING   Dash Pt. State Park  
Click on site name
to view a summary
of sightings from the
2015-16 survey season
2 Dumas Bay State Park   Dumas Bay State Park
3 South Redondo Boardwalk (closed)   South Redondo Boardwalk (closed)
4 North Redondo Boardwalk   North Redondo Boardwalk
5 Saltwater State Park   Saltwater State Park
6 Des Moines Fishing Pier   Des Moines Fishing Pier
7 Normandy Beach Park   Normandy Beach Park
8 Three Tree Point   Three Tree Point
9 Seahurst Park   Seahurst Park
10 Brace Point   Brace Point
11 Lincoln Park   Lincoln Park
12 Lowman Park   Lowman Park
13 Me Kwah Mooks   Me Kwah Mooks
14 Alki Beach   Alki Beach
15 Duwamish Head   Duwamish Head
16 Elliott Bay Water Taxi Pier   Elliott Bay Water Taxi Pier
17 Pier 57   Pier 57
18 Pier 70   Pier 70  
19 Myrtle Edwards Park   Myrtle Edwards Park  
20 Magnolia Bluff   Magnolia Bluff  
21 West Point south   West Point south  
22 West Point north   West Point north  
23 60th St Viewpoint   60th St Viewpoint  
24 Golden Gardens   Golden Gardens  
25 Carkeek Park   Carkeek Park  
26 Richmond Beach   Richmond Beach  
27 Edmonds south   Discovery Park West  
28 Edmonds north   The Cove  
29 Discovery Park West   Seward Park North  
30 The Cove   Seward Park South  
31 Penn Cove Pier   La Playa  
34 Kopachuck   Glen Landing
35 DeMolay Boys Camp - West   KVI Beach  
36 DeMolay Boys Camp - East   Tramp Harbor Fishing Pier  
37 Fox Island Fishing Pier   Point Robinson  
38 Cromwell West   Dockton Park  
39 Cromwell East   Raabs Lagoon  
40 Narrows Park   Inner Quartermaster Harbor  
41 Gig Harbor Spit   Jensen Point  
42 Sunrise Beach County Park   Outer Quartermaster Harbor  
43 Gordon Pt Park   Tahlequah  
44 Sunnyside Beach Park   Lizabuella Park  
45 Titlow Beach   Sylvan Beach  
46 Owens Beach Pt. Defiance PIERCE Kopachuck  
47 Ruston Way   DeMolay Boys Camp west  
48 Les Davis Pier   DeMolay Boys Camp east  
49 Jack Hyde Park   Fox Island Fishing Pier
50 Thea's Park   Cromwell west  
52 Penrose State Park   Cromwell east  
53 Joemma Beach State Park   Narrows Park  
54 Herron Island Ferry Terminal N.   Gig Harbor Spit  
55 Luhr Beach   Sunrise Beach County Park  
56 Brown's Point   Gordon Pt. Park  
57 Seward Park North   Sunnyside Beach Park  
58 Seward Park South   Titlow Beach  
60 Tolmie State Park   Owens Beach Pt. Defiance  
61 Mukilteo State Park   Ruston Way  
62 Howarth State Park (closed)   Les Davis Pier  
63 Kayak Point State Park   Jack Hyde Park  
64 Boston Harbor   Thea's Park  
65 Burfoot County Park   Penrose State Park  
66 Olympia waterfront   Joemma Beach State Park  
67 Pt. Wilson   Herron Island Ferry Terminal north  
68 Raft Island north   Brown's Point  
69 Raft Island south   Raft Island north  
70 Penn Cove Public Tidelands   Raft Island south  
71 Totten Inlet (private)   Anderson Island Ferry Dock  
73 Anderson Island Ferry Dock   Anderson Island Andy's Marine Park  
74 Anderson Island Andy's Marine Park   Chambers Bay Beach Access  
75 Sinclair Inlet SNOHOMISH Edmonds South  
76 Frye Cove County Park   Edmonds North  
77 Libbey Beach County Park   Mukilteo State Park  
78 Suquamish Museum   Howarth State Park (closed)  
79 Harper Pier   Kayak Point State Park  
80 Point No Point THURSTON Luhr Beach  
81 Twin Spits Road   Tolmie State Park  
82 Eglon Boat Launch   Boston Harbor  
83 Chambers Bay Beach Access   Burfoot County Park  
84 Deception Pass State Park   Olympia Waterfront  
85 Moran Beach   Totten Inlet (private)  
86 Joseph Whidbey State Park   Frye Cove County Park  
87 West Beach   Zittel's Marina  
88 West Hastie Lake Rd ISLAND Penn Cove Pier  
89 Fort Casey State Park   Penn Cove Public Tidelands  
90 Fort Flagler State Park east   Libbey Beach County Park  
91 Fort Flagler State Park west   Deception Pass State Park  
92 Fort Townsend State Park   Moran Beach  
93 Diamond Point   Joseph Whidbey State Park  
94 John Wayne Marina   West Beach  
95 Port Williams   West Hastie Lake Rd  
99 Ediz Hook north   Fort Casey State Park  
100 Ediz Hook south JEFFERSON Pt. Wilson  
101 Elwha River West   Fort Flagler State Park east  
102 Salt Creek Recreation Area   Fort Flagler State Park west  
103 Twin River   Fort Townsend State Park  
104 Pillar Point County Park CLALLAM Chimacum Creek  
105 Sekiu   Diamond Point  
106 Shipwreck Point   John Wayne Marina  
107 Cape Flattery   Port Williams  
108 Zittel's Marina   Ediz Hook north  
109 La Playa   Ediz Hook south  
110 Glen Landing   Elwha River West  
111 KVI Beach   Salt Creek Recreation Area  
112 Tramp Harbor Fishing Pier   Twin River  
113 Point Robinson   Pillar Point County Park  
114 Dockton Park   Sekiu  
115 Raabs Lagoon   Shipwreck Point  
116 Inner Quartermaster Harbor   Cape Flattery  
117 Jensen Point KITSAP Sinclair Inlet  
118 Outer Quartermaster Harbor   Suquamish Museum  
119 Tahlequah   Harper Pier  
120 Lizabuella Park   Point No Point  
121 Sylvan Beach   Twin Spits Road  
122 Chimacum Creek   Eglon Boat Launch  
123 Suquamish Tribal Pier   Suquamish Tribal Pier  
124 Fay Bainbridge   Fay Bainbridge  
125 Rolling Bay Walk   Rolling Bay Walk  
126 Eagle Bay   Eagle Bay  
127 Pritchard Park   Pritchard Park  
129 South Beach Fish Pens   South Beach Fish Pens  
130 Fort Ward Park   Fort Ward Park  
131 Lytle Beach   Lytle Beach  


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