I visited Duncan's Cove and found 10 Harlequin Ducks just briefly as 8 immediately flew off. The surf was high and the rule is to always stay off black or wet rocks so I could not venture too closely to the bonded pair that remained to dive and frolic in the surf remarkably close to the shoreline rocks.
At Sandy Cove a little further west from Duncan Reef I sat on a beach rock and waited for the birds to march by and so they did. Highlights were Prothonotary Warbler, Ipswich Sparrow and large freshly plumaged American Robins.
The maggots at Sandy Cove had hatched into kelp flies in the bright morning sunshine so the birds had their choice of the bill of fare.
Surf at Duncan Reef