Thursday, June 8, 2023

Hungry Birds - 8 June 2023

We were lucky that the rain moved through before we had to be at the dock this morning, and that it wasn't waiting just offshore for us...but it did push some birds farther offshore. Luckily we made it out there in some nice conditions, all the way out the 1,300 fathoms (7,800 feet)! And we did pick up some birds once we started chumming. While we didn't find anything unexpected we did have really great views of both forms of Black-capped Petrel, excellent views of both Cory's and Scopoli's Shearwaters, and really cooperative Band-rumped Storm-Petrels both molting (presumed Grant's type) and not molting. 

You can find the trip report for the day here: 
and remember to click on the tab for photos to see images from myself and leader Jesse Anderson!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us out there today and to Jesse for helping Brian and me lead the trip. ~Kate Sutherland

It was really cool to see some of our usual suspects diving for chum out there today! Here are a couple - Great Shearwater (top two) and Wilson's Storm-Petrel (bottom two), from my images today.
Here are a couple of the non molting Band-rumped - top two over a flock of Wilson's feeding and bottom one a dorsal view.
We also saw this gorgeous (but to be admired from afar...) Portuguese Man of War out there today!

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