Speaking of which, the southwest breeze helped create a stunningly strong break between the offshore blue ‘desert’ waters and the cooler, greener, inshore waters—and unusually far offshore for this time of year, about 26 miles from Hatteras Inlet. The divide was accentuated by a ‘yellow brick road’ of golden Sargassum (or gulfweed), and this oceanic phenomenon was a highlight of the afternoon.
(Thanks to everyone who joined us offshore & to Steve Howell & Nate Dias for helping us lead the trip today! Steve gets a big thank you for taking care of the blog for me again today so I could get some sleep as well! -Kate)
Species List for June 5, 2018
Black-capped Petrel 22
Cory's Shearwater 30 / Scopoli's Shearwater 3
Great Shearwater 14
Sooty Shearwater 1
Audubon's Shearwater 28
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 62-82
Leach's Storm-Petrel 2-3
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 7-10
Arctic Tern / Common Tern 1
The main customer at Kate’s chum buffet, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, a migrant all the way from Antarctica!
A Madeiran-type Band-rumped Storm-Petrel—note the different structure from Wilson’s, such as short legs.
Another close Black-capped Petrel
Another Scopoli’s (aka Mediterranean Cory’s) Shearwater.
One of the fresh juvenile Great Shearwaters.
A Gulf Patchwing powering away with its tail, a strong rudder.