As we headed on slowly back towards the alternate reality of mainland life we came upon a spectacular current break between the blue offshore and green inshore waters, after which birds dropped off noticeably and it was time to pick up speed and head back to port, slowing to see a couple of distant jaegers that kept heading north and avoided positive identification. All in all, another amazing day offshore.
*Thank you to everyone who joined us out there today! A big thanks to Brian Sullivan for organizing a group from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and for taking care of the eBird lists for yesterday and today. Thank you also to our leaders: Steve NG Howell, Nate Dias, and Liam Waters, they all did a great job getting everyone on the birds! Thanks to Steve for all of his hard work on the blog and photos for me as we approach Day 18... -Kate
Species List for June 8, 2018
(presumed) Fea's Petrel 1
Black-capped Petrel 23
Cory's Shearwater 16 / Scopoli's Shearwater 3
Great Shearwater 10
Audubon's Shearwater 23
Wilson's Storm Petrel 68-78
Leach's Storm-Petrel 3-4
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 8-10
Black Tern 1
Parasitic / Long Tailed Jaeger 2
Pilot Whale (presumed Short-finned) 30-35
Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin 5
Another image of the young Black-capped Petrel that put on such a nice show by Brian Sullivan.
And one more by Nate Dias - this bird was very curious about the boat and also came in to feed on the chum.
Another Black-capped Petrel
Juvenile Black-capped Petrel and Great Shearwater
Presumed Scopoli’s Shearwater
Another molting Grant’s [Band-rumped] Storm-Petrel
And a worn-plumaged presumed second-summer Leach’s Storm-Petrel for comparison
The Band-rumped Stormies were super excited about the chum today! Photos by Nate Dias
An Oddspot Midget from the morning commute offshore.