It was pretty obvious a few days ahead of time that we wouldn't make it out on Saturday, so we pushed the trip back a day. Saturday was pretty cold, with the coldest air in over a month, but it didn't last long. The wind fell out on Saturday afternoon, so by Sunday morning there was essentially no swell, and it was what will probably turn out to be the calmest trip of the winter. It was a bit cloudy when we headed out, but we like some clouds. It makes it easier to identify birds all around the boat.
Right around noon we got to an area with hundreds of Boneys and over a hundred phalaropes. We soon saw an adult Little Gull there, but it didn't linger. Then the wind breezed up suddenly from the south, so we decided we should tack inshore. Within ten minutes we had three more Little Gull sightings as we headed northwest!
The conditions just inshore of the change were markedly different. It was blowing about 20 knots in the warm water, but nearly calm winds in the cooler water less than a mile away. The wind stayed offshore for the next couple of hours and we had an easy ride back to the inlet. Along the way we had our flock of over a hundred gulls and gannets. There was some intermittent light rain, but it really wasn't much.