Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday May 31, 2012

Well, the seas were much calmer than yesterday and we headed offshore without much spray.  The day began slowly with a few Wilson's Storm-Petrels gathering in the slick, then, around 0900, a Trindade Petrel popped up behind us (likely riding in a swell...) that gave distant and fleeting views.  While we were watching for the gadfly petrel, a Masked Booby was spotted coming in from the same direction!  It flew right in to the boat, made a lap, dove, and then was off.  A European Storm-Petrel came towards the boat in the slick before 1000 and we were able to chum it in so that everyone aboard was able to see it feeding & hanging out with the slightly larger Wilson's Storm-Petrels.  About 1100, Brian yelled, "what is this coming in?!" and sure enough, a Fea's Petrel flew right into the slick hanging around for a few minutes and making incredibly close passes before moving on!  Overall a day with not many individuals, but we had great looks at each of the eleven species we saw!

Trindade Petrel (dark morph)   1
Fea's Petrel   1
Black-capped Petrel   6
Cory's Shearwater   9-10
Great Shearwater   1
Audubon's Shearwater   10-11
Wilson's Storm-Petrel   210
European Storm-Petrel   1
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel   5-7
Masked Booby   1
Pomarine Jaeger   2

 Fea's Petrel ~ Steve Howell

Dave Shoch:
Black-capped Petrel
The EURO...

(Nate Dias)
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Masked Booby (Dave Shoch)
(Nate Dias)

1 comment:

  1. I was fortunate enough to be one of the people on the 5/30 and 5/31 trips and had great looks at the above mentioned birds. I had great hopes for the trip, but the European Storm-petrel exceeded my greatest expectations. Thanks to the whole crew for making this a wonderful experience. John Haas