Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hatteras Pelagic I

Up at 5:00am and out the door to the marina where we got a breakfast sandwich and coffee and boarded the Stormy Petrel II.  Once outside the inlet, we took a SSE course.  After a couple of hours we saw our first pelagic bird, a Sooty Tern. web photo)  By the end of the trip we would see many more Sooty Terns plus Bridled Terns, Black-capped Petrels, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Audubon's Shearwater, Cory's Shearwaters, a few Great Shearwaters and phalaropes.  The non-pelagic birds seen were a Barn Swallow, a small flock of Sanderlings, and a calling Short-billed Dowitcher.  Marine mammals included Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, Bottlenosed Dolphin, and two Gervais Beaked-Whales.  The water was very warm at 85F, but the sea was not rough.  No new birds.  Maybe tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck tomorrow . . . and by the way, I think you are a trouper, not a trooper . . . Renee