Weather got us today and we did not run a trip, but most of our participants are able to come offshore with us tomorrow. It gave me time to put together some little tidbits about trips we have run in the past on May 23.
Since 1997, we have run 13 trips on May 23 - this is the first year since 2003 that we have not made it offshore on the 23rd. I have compiled a list of species that have been seen on this date, and wanted to remember a few dates of note! May 23, 2004's trip from Hatteras was the only May 23 trip to have a Grand Slam featuring one each of the rarities (Bermuda, Trindade, & Fea's Petrels) plus Black-cappeds. The following year on a trip from Manteo we had two each Bermuda & Fea's Petrels plus Black-cappeds. On May 23, 2007, we broke the record for the number of Trindade Petrels seen on one day with SIX individuals photographed! Then, in 2009 on a trip from Hatteras we had one each Bermuda & Trindade Petrels, plus Black-cappeds.
The only species that were seen on all 13 trips are: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Audubon's Shearwater, and Wilson's Storm-Petrel.
May 23 species list:
South Polar Skua
Pilot Whale (prob. Short-finned)
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)
So, until tomorrow...