This morning there was little to no wind at the boat when I arrived, and it was light southeast at the Diamond Shoals Buoy with a little swell from the east southeast. While this was not enough to bring many Sooty Shearwaters closer inshore, it was enough for the Leach's Storm-Petrels! But I am getting ahead of myself...we reached the shelf break by 0730 since the seas were calm and running was smooth. Not many birds were flying on our way there, but it was like a switch when we slowed - Black-capped Petrels and Audubon's Shearwaters were flying and we even saw a couple of Leach's. A Pomarine Jaeger flew in to check us out, and then another large bird approached the boat on the horizon - South Polar Skua!!! Before 8am! (photo Kate Sutherland)
Moving right along we have some different wind tomorrow, not to mention some different water will be here with the Gulf Stream, so we'll see what we can find to start the holiday weekend off with a bang!
Thanks to everyone who joined us today and thank you to our leaders: Seabird McKeon, Jeff Lemons, Peter Flood, and Andrew Dreelin. Peter, Andrew, and Brian also helped out with photos for the blog.
Species List for May 25, 2018
Trindade Petrel 2 (photos showed two different individuals)
Black-capped Petrel 70
Cory's Shearwater 17 - Scopoli's 2
Sooty Shearwater 2
Audubon's Shearwater 8
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 205-225
Leach's Storm Petrel 33
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 11-12
Arctic Tern 2
South Polar Skua 1
Pomarine Jaeger 6
jaeger sp. 1
A couple more images of the Trindade Petrels from Peter Flood - first individual on the top...