The day began with more of the same wind we've been having, south west, blowing a little bit more than it was yesterday morning...maybe 16 or 17 mph. So it was a little choppy on our ride to the shelf break. However, we crossed two nice current edges with the second a bit harder than the first with some smoother water offshore of it. This was where we found our only Audubon's Shearwaters of the day, plus one flyby Red-necked Phalarope. It took some time for the Wilson's Storm-Petrels to gather in the slick and the first larger tubenose of the morning was a nice Atlantic Cory's Shearwater! (photo Peter Flood)
All of the individuals except for maybe one, were molting, indicating the winter breeding population, presumably "Grant's" type. At the end of the day, clouds rolled in and the wind picked up to about 20 to 23 mph and became more west south west. The slick came alive and we had our Pomarine Jaeger (photo Kate Sutherland),
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us today! And thanks to our leaders, Peter Flood and Jason Denesevich, for helping Brian and I lead the trip.
Species List May 22, 2022
Red-necked Phalarope - 1
Pomarine Jaeger - 3
Common Tern - 1
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 160 to 180
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel - 8 to 11
Black-capped Petrel - 26 to 30
Atlantic Cory's Shearwater - 9
Cory's / Scopoli's - 5
Audubon's Shearwater - 2
Audubon's / Manx - 1
shorebird species - 3
A couple more Black-capped Petrel images (Kate Sutherland) - top a paler individual and a darker one below.