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2017-2018 SURVEY - Table of Contents

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

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During the 2017-18 season of the Puget Sound Seabird Survey, 838 surveys from October 2017 through April 2018 were completed. Surveys were conducted at 122 locations within 8 Puget Sound counties - Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston. These surveys represented approximately 350 hours of survey time and over 2000! hours of volunteer effort. Data were collected on 56 species of seabirds and waterfowl that utilize near-shore habitat. 

2017-2018 PSSS Leaderboard

                                       Site Name Season Stats Volunteer Names

Site with most birds 

Total # of birds recorded

1.  South Beach Fish Pens 3945

John White, Don Duprey, Elizabeth Carroll

2. Tramp Harbor Fishing Pier 2776

Ezra Parker, Harsi Parker, Martin Adams

  3.  Penn Cove Public Tidelands 2301 Jay Adams, Diane McClaine, Dick Holcomb, Katina Kapantais, Lori Kitzmann
Busiest Site 1.  Penn Cove Public Tidelands 2047 Jay Adams, Diane McClaine, Dick Holcomb, Katina Kapantais, Lori Kitzmann
Most birds recorded in a single survey 2.  South Beach Fish Pens 1069 John White, Don Duprey, Elizabeth Carroll
  3.  Penn Cove Pier 1024 Jay Adams, Diane McClaine, Dick Holcomb, Katina Kapantais, Lori Kitzmann
Site with most species 1.  John Wayne Marina 27 Jim Gift, Audrey Gift, Joyce Volmut, Bob Boekelheide
2.  Diamond Point 25

Sarah Peden, John Gatchet, Linda Heuertz

  3.  Eglon Boat Launch 25 Jean Olson, Nemesia Herzstein, Geoff Custer, Maria Steinbeisser, Rebecca Gerke
Site with fewest birds 1.  Burfoot County Park 48 Woody Franzen, Lisa Belleveau, Raegan Goff, Anne Mills, Cindy Eaton  
Least # birds recorded all season (way to hang in there!) 2.  Boston Harbor 66 Woody Franzen, Lisa Belleveau, Raegan Goff, Anne Mills, Cindy Eaton
3.  Joemma Beach State Park 67 Paula Larson, Hes Tallman, Mark Oberle



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Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan

Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
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

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

American Coot

Parasitic Jaeger

Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet


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
Common Tern

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon

Brown Booby

Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Great Blue Heron


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

Bolded bird names
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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only includes birds that were recorded at numbers of >100




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The species chosen for the analyses below follow the Puget Sound Partnership Vital Signs key ecosystem indicators for marine birds. ** Please note that the y-axis scale for bird counts are different for each panel.



View all sightings of
Marbled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
Rhinoceros Auklet
Surf Scoter
Western Grebe
White-Winged Scoter





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County   Site
Site Name  
KING   1 Dash Pt. State Park  
Click on site name
to view a summary
of sightings from the
2017-18 survey season
  2 Dumas Bay State Park
  3 South Redondo Boardwalk
  4 North Redondo Boardwalk
  5 Saltwater State Park
  6 Des Moines Fishing Pier
  7 Normandy Beach Park
  8 Three Tree Point
  9 Seahurst Park
  10 Brace Point
  11 Lincoln Park
  12 Lowman Park
  13 Mee Kwah Mooks
  14 Alki Beach
  15 Duwamish Head
  16 Elliott Bay Water Taxi Pier
  17 Pier 57
  18 Pier 70  
  19 Myrtle Edwards Park  
  20 Magnolia Bluff  
  21 West Point South  
  22 West Point North  
  23 60th St Viewpoint  
  24 Golden Gardens  
  25 Carkeek Park  
  26 Richmond Beach  
  29 Discovery Park West  
  30 The Cove  
  57 Seward Park North  
  58 Seward Park South  
  109 La Playa  
  110 Glen Landing
  111 KVI Beach  
  112 Tramp Harbor Fishing Pier  
  113 Point Robinson  
  114 Dockton Park  
  115 Raabs Lagoon  
  116 Inner Quartermaster Harbor  
  117 Jensen Point  
  118 Outer Quartermaster Harbor  
  119 Tahlequah  
  120 Lisabuela Park  
  121 Sylvan Beach  
PIERCE   34 Kopachuck  
  35 DeMolay Boys Camp - West  
  36 DeMolay Boys Camp - East  
  37 Fox Island Fishing Pier
  38 Cromwell West  
  39 Cromwell East  
  40 Narrows Park  
  41 Gig Harbor Spit  
  42 Sunrise Beach County Park  
  43 Gordon Pt. Park  
  44 Sunnyside Beach Park  
  45 Titlow Beach  
  46 Owen Beach Pt. Defiance  
  47 Ruston Way  
  48 Les Davis Pier  
  49 Jack Hyde Park  
  50 Thea's Park  
  52 Penrose State Park  
  53 Joemma Beach State Park  
  54 Herron Island Ferry Terminal north  
  55 Brown's Point  
  68 Raft Island North  
  69 Raft Island South  
  73 Anderson Island Ferry Dock  
  74 Anderson Island Andy's Marine Park  
  83 Chambers Bay Beach Access  
SNOHOMISH 27 Edmonds South  
  28 Edmonds North  
  61 Mukilteo State Park  
  62 Howarth State Park  
  63 Kayak Point State Park  
THURSTON   55 Luhr Beach  
  60 Tolmie State Park  
  64 Boston Harbor (private)  
  65 Burfoot County Park  
  66 Olympia Waterfront  
  71 Totten Inlet (private)  
  76 Frye Cove County Park  
  108 Zittel's Marina  
ISLAND   31 Penn Cove Pier  
  70 Penn Cove Public Tidelands  
  77 Libbey Beach County Park  
  84 Deception Pass State Park  
  85 Moran Beach  
  86 Joseph Whidbey State Park  
  87 West Beach  
  88 West Hastie Lake Rd  
  89 Fort Casey State Park  
JEFFERSON   67 Point Wilson  
  90 Fort Flagler State Park East  
  91 Fort Flagler State Park West  
  92 Fort Townsend State Park  
  122 Chimacum Creek  
CLALLAM   93 Diamond Point  
  94 John Wayne Marina  
  95 Port Williams  
  99 Ediz Hook North  
  100 Ediz Hook South  
  101 Elwha River West  
  102 Salt Creek Recreation Area  
  103 Twin River  
  104 Pillar Point County Park  
  105 Sekiu  
  106 Shipwreck Point  
  107 Cape Flattery  
KITSAP   75 Sinclair Inlet  
  78 Suquamish Museum  
  79 Harper Pier  
  80 Point No Point  
  81 Twin Spits Road  
  82 Eglon Boat Launch  
  123 Suquamish Tribal Pier  
  124 Fay Bainbridge  
  125 Rolling Bay Walk  
  126 Eagle Bay  
  127 Pritchard Park  
  129 South Beach Fish Pens  
  130 Fort Ward Park  
  131 Lytle Beach  


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