Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hatteras Pelagic - 5

It rained for most of the early part of the day as we motored out to the warm water. We did have another fine jaeger show today but only with Pomarine Jaeger (photos). Plenty of Wilson's Storm-Petrels to keep our attention. Brian and chief mate Kate have developed a slurry of minced shark liver in water that they drip from a gallon jug at the stern. It puts out a nice slick, and it doesn't require a person to stand there and lay the slick. The slicks always had storm-petrels and it was generally to the slick that other birds were attracted with a varying success rate. We had a few more Band-rumped Storm-Petrels today and a Leach's Storm-Petrel which was a year bird for us. We had some Cory's, Audubon, Greater, and Sooty Shearwaters. A Bridled Tern came to the boat at one point as did a Sandwich Tern, and we had a good day for Arctic Terns with more than a dozen. The marine mammal show was not as good as yesterday's, but it was a good one nevertheless including Pilot Whales with a calf, Bottlenose, Risso's, and Spotted Dolphins, but no big whales.
Tomorrow's trip might be cancelled if the weather forecast and the resulting seas look too rough. No one really has a good time with really rough seas. Since we can't really know what it's going to be, we'll just have to meet at the dock and find out.
The new bird brings the year's list total to 572.
Posted by Picasa

No comments:

Post a Comment