Friday, May 31, 2024

Friday 31 May 2024 - Spring Blitz Day 10

It was another breezy day out there with winds from the north and north northeast at over 20 mph for most of our time offshore! And while that was great yesterday, this morning we had some lines of thunderstorms moving offshore that could have pushed some of the birds we were looking for a bit farther. We had a great day even with low diversity and the views of our "usual suspects" were incredible with the seabirds flying in the wind! On the shelf in the morning we had a distant Brown Booby which was a nice addition to our species list for the day, and offshore we had an incredible Black-capped Petrel show...not quite what we saw yesterday, but close! Wilson's Storm-Petrels were out there in good numbers with over 200 counted for the day and we were lucky to have close views of both Leach's and Band-rumpeds. Cory's and Audubon's Shearwaters were also seen well and it seems the shearwater numbers are hopefully increasing as we move into June tomorrow. We have three more days of this run so we'll make the rest of the trips and have our first full daily blitz in a few years.

Check out our trip list and short report here:

And here are a few images from today by Kate Sutherland
Black-capped Petrel with a squid we fed it again today!! Wow!
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel coming in and over the slick
One of the offshore Bottlenose Dolphins as it re-entered the water
And a sampling of flyingfishes!

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