It was a small group of four who made their way to the Ships Point area for a morning of birding. For two hours, we meandered around the Ship's Point Park shoreline before heading across the way to the end of Tozer Rd for a look along the Fanny Bay shores and the adjacent dike path. It was good to be out in the sunshine for once, even if it made it hard to get good photographs of the birdlife due to reflections off the water. The birds tended to be off in the distance due to a low tide, but though we were not able to get sterling photos, we did catch sight of a fair number of birds that we were able to identify. Our species list for the day included: Dark-eyed Juncos, Song Sparrows, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Anna's Hummingbirds, Stellar Jay, Bald Eagles, Northern Flicker, Spotted Towhees, Northwestern Crows, Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, Buffleheads, Black Oystercatchers, Common Loons, gulls, Black Turnstones, Greater Scaups, Mallards, Surf Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Common Mergansers, American Wigeons, Harlequins, Long-tailed Ducks, Horned Grebes, Red-necked Grebes...and lots of very noisy sea lions along distant shores!