Red-necked Phalaropes have turned up again and we had approachable individuals on each trip (photo by Peter Flood).
Black-capped Petrels made a nice showing and we had some feeding in the chum behind the boat each day with enough close passes for everyone to see and identify with the naked eye! Band-rumped Storm-Petrels were also obliging, flying near the stern for excellent views and photo-ops and Wilson's Storm-Petrels made a strong showing on both trips. The "beehives" we found were mostly composed of Cory's Shearwaters with some Great and Audubon's in there as well. We had excellent views of all, and were especially excited to have young Audubon's Shearwaters flying closely behind the boat as they fed fearlessly in the slick (photo by Brian Patteson)!
On Saturday we also had a Manx Shearwater fly by the boat medium distance in the afternoon after a less than satisfactory view of one flying away in the morning! Friday's trip turned up a couple of Pomarine Jaegers, one in with a feeding flock was close enough for some nice views! The surprise bird was about 1:15 pm on Friday, though. I was in the wheelhouse talking to Brian when a shout of "BOOBY!" went out on the starboard side of the boat! Sure enough, an immature Brown Booby flew right in to the boat and circled around for a few minutes before heading away (photo by Peter Flood)!
Summer seabirding is always exciting, and these trips proved just that! We were very excited to have Kenn Kaufman join us for both trips and would like to thank everyone who came out with us for making the trips possible! A big thanks also to Jeff Lemons & Peter Flood for helping us lead the trips (and to Peter for allowing us to use his photos here, more can be found in his Flickr album for NC - scroll down for Aug 7 & 8).
Trip Lists August 7 / 8, 2015
Black-capped Petrel 29 / 32
Cory's Shearwater 200 / 203-208
Great Shearwater 14 / 36
Manx Shearwater 0 / 2
Audubon's Shearwater 53 / 42
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 120-135 / 236-246
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 4-6 / 10
Oceanodroma sp. 0 / 3
Brown Booby 1 / 0
Red-necked Phalarope 8 / 17-19
Sooty Tern 33 / 38
Bridled Tern 9 / 5
Onychoprion sp. 3 / 0
Pomarine Jaeger 2 / 0
sandpiper sp 0 / 1
Least Tern 2 / 0
Black Tern 3 / 1
Common Tern 2-3 / 0
Barn Swallow 0 / 1
Spotted Dolphin 10-12 / 0
Bottlenose Dolphin 1 / 0
(All photos below by Peter Flood)
Sharp looking Audubon's Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel on one of our drifts Saturday
A couple of Band-rumped Storm-Petrel images from Friday's trip
More shots of Friday's immature Brown Booby
Red-necked Phalarope in flight
Juvenile Sooty Tern (top) adult (bottom)