This trio wrapping up our spring trips went very well finding a total of 12 pelagic species and a lot of hungry shearwaters who were happy to follow us and show off during the offshore portion of the trips! The weather definitely spanned most of what we can find offshore here from northeasterly winds and rain on Friday, to lighter winds on Saturday and southerly winds with thunderstorms on Sunday. Black-capped Petrels were seen well on all three trips and each had at least one young individual, fledged this year, while on Sunday we had at least three! (Bob Fogg)
Friday we had a bit of rain, but also had a good northeasterly wind that can be nice for drifting! We put out a chum block to sit with for awhile and within a few minutes a shark swam through the slick taking the block with it! It was tough to see it well with the wind waves but it looked like a Carcharhinus species - maybe a silky, bignose, or dusky. (Bob Fogg)
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for this set making all three trips possible, and thank you so much to our leaders, Bob Fogg, Daniel Irons, and Mario Balibit for helping us lead the trips! Thank you also to Bob for contributing some of his awesome images for this post!
Species list for June 10 / 11 / 12
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 201 to 211 / 172 to 182 / 150 to 160
Leach's Storm-Petrel - 3 / 1 / 7
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel - 2 / 6 / 5
Fea's Petrel - 0 / 0 / 2
Black-capped Petrel - 31 / 21 to 24 / 57 to 60
Scopoli's Shearwater - 8 / 4 to 6 / 7
Atlantic Cory's Shearwater - 11 / 26 / 27
Cory's / Scopoli's - 102 / 60 / 155 to 158
Great Shearwater - 167 / 93 / 115
Sooty Shearwater - 0 / 0 / 2
Manx Shearwater - 0 / 0 / 1
Audubon's Shearwater - 48 / 56 to 59 / 66
Manx / Audubon's - 0 / 0 / 1
Brown Booby - 1 / 0 / 0
Northern Gannet - 1 / 0 / 0
Laughing Gull - 0 / 0 / 1 offshore
Common Tern - 0 / 1 / 0
Royal Tern - 1 / 5 / 3
Common Loon - 0 / 1 / 5
Atlantic Spotted Dolphins - 15 to 20 / 3 to 5 / 0
Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins - 0 / 21 to 23 / 0
Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins - 0 / 0 / 10 to 15
Carcharhinus species (silky, bignose, or dusky shark?) - 1 / 0 / 0
Hammerhead (scalloped or Carolina) - 0 / 0 / 1
A few more images of the Fea's Petrels - head on - the first and second individuals (Kate Sutherland), you can see the difference in their facial patterns.
Another image of the very cooperative Brown Booby sitting on the water Friday! (Kate Sutherland)
While the facial pattern looks pale on this bird, the underwing is quite dark!
A darker faced individual with a smudgy looking nape just beginning to molt its primaries.
Bob captured this Atlantic Cory's as it was calling!
Some gorgeous light on a flyingfish Sunday morning near the squall line - this is either an Atlantic or Fourwing flyingfish (. (Kate Sutherland)