Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday June 2, 2013

Well, we had the wind today, but since the Gulf Stream current is so far to the south, we did not have its' counteraction to lay down the waves!  There were not many birds on the way out, but after we slowed and the morning progressed, we picked up good numbers of Wilson's Storm-Petrels in the slick and even had some Black-capped Petrels make close passes.  Band-rumped Storm-Petrels were seen well and we even had at least one in the slick for over an hour and a half that allowed all interested to study it thoroughly.  Cory's, Great, and Audubon's Shearwaters were all seen well and we even had a hungry Great come in and eat some Mahi mahi guts near the boat.  Yesterday we had Parasitic & Long-tailed Jaegers, and today we had Pomarine Jaegers - and great looks at that!  On the way in, beach in sight, we saw a skua fly by at a high rate of speed that headed away from us - probably a South Polar, but no photos.

Thanks to our leaders today: Steve Howell, Bob Fogg, & Nick Bonomo.  Thanks too to all who joined us offshore!

Black-capped Petrel  9-10
Cory's Shearwater  120
Great Shearwater  4-5
Audubon's Shearwater  43
small black & white shearwater sp.  2
Leach's Storm-Petrel  1
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel  5-7
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  340-410
Pomarine Jaeger  3
prob. South Polar Skua  1

Pilot Whales  8-10

Black-capped Petrel - photo Bob Fogg
 Dark faced Black-capped
 White faced Black-capped
 Black-capped Petrel (white-faced) - photo Nick Bonomo
 Cory's Shearwater
 Scopoli's Shearwater - photo Bob Fogg
Cory's feeding on carcass - photo Nick Bonomo
 Great Shearwater
Audubon's Shearwater - photo Bob Fogg
 Band-rumped & Wilson's Storm-Petrels
 molting Band-rumped Storm-Petrel - photo Nick Bonomo
 Wilson's Storm-Petrels - photo Bob Fogg
 Pomarine Jaeger - photo Nick Bonomo
 Pomarine Jaeger - photo Bob Fogg
 Pomarine Jaeger
Pilot Whales - photo Bob Fogg

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