We had pleasantly cool conditions for the small boat trips over the weekend. We went offshore aboard the Skua on Friday and Sunday. The north wind made for some choppy seas in the blue water but we had good close looks at the summer seabirds. Some of the Wilson’s Storm-Petrels were almost close enough to touch as they fed busily in the slick.
Black-capped Petrels made a good showing on both trips. We have not had really high numbers lately, but they have feeding pretty well on our chum.
Trip Lists Aug 14 / 16
Black-capped Petrel 32-34 / 45-47
Cory's Shearwater 104-105 / 102
Great Shearwater 15 / 23-25
Audubon's Shearwater 7 / 8
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 143-153 / 150-160
Leach's Storm-Petrel 1 / 0
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 10 / 7-8
Sooty Tern 28 / 3
Bridled Tern 0 / 5
Onchyprion sp. 2 / 0
Pomarine Jaeger 3 / 1
jaeger sp. 0 / 1
Laughing Gull (offshore) 0 / 4
Bottlenose Dolphin 0 / 15-20
Black-capped Petrel (dark faced individual)
One of the three Pomarine Jaegers that followed us for over an hour on Friday!