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Marine Bird Sightings 2006

Dolphin Fleet Whale watch will have special trips with a Bird specialist onboard every saturday and Tuesday during June, July and August to highlight the marine birds of our waters. Learn about birds that are resident and those that migrate across the equator every summer to feed in the rich waters of Stellwagen Bank.

One of our naturalists of 2006, Dan Berard recorded the numbers of seabirds within Race Point, while traveling to Stellwagen Bank, and on Stellwagen Bank. He says, “seabirds are difficult to study and keep track of because they only go to land to breed and spend the rest of their lives out on the ocean.” The data he is collecting this summer will hopefully give us a better understanding of the frequency of occurrence and the habits of these pelagic birds.

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7/4

Wind: South West
Temp: high 50s – low 60s
Visibility: Clear for several miles

Interesting birds seen from port or within the harbor:
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 1 in the Provincetown Harbor parking lot
Brant – 1 sleeping on the beach in front of Longpoint Light

Birds seen while “at sea”:
Northern Gannet ~ 45 (incl. 1 ad)
Wilson’s Storm-petrel ~ 73
Common Tern – 5
Semipalmated Sandpiper – 4
Sooty Shearwater ~ 1833
Greater Shearwater ~ 3035
Manx Shearwater ~ 12
Parasitic Jaeger – 1

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7/11

Temp: 60s-70s on the 9:30am, the 1:30pm held stronger winds with temps around low 50s
Wind: South West
Wave Conditions: Somewhat choppy
Visibility: ~ 5 miles

Port and within Race Point:
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 1 (1s)
Common Eider – present and accounted for
Black-crowned Night-heron – 1
Northern Gannet – 1
Whimbrel – 1
Short-billed Dowitchers – 7
Least Tern – 3
Black Tern – 1ad
Flock ‘o Terns ~ 500 too far away to ID to species

Ocean/Stellwagen Bank:
Sooty Shearwater ~ 3,215
Greater Shearwater ~ 5,631
Manx Shearwater – 14
Wilson’s Storm-petrel ~ 1,329
Northern Gannet – 13
Parasitic Jaeger – 3 (all imms)
Pomarine Jaeger – 1 (imm)

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7/18

Wind: SW
Temp: 60s
Wave Conditions: Partially choppy
Visibility: ~ 5 miles

Port and within Race Point:
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 2 (both 1s)
Black-crowned Night-heron – 1
Black Tern – 2 (1ad 1 imm)
Least Tern – 2
Roseate Tern – 5
Osprey – 1

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Ocean:
Greater Shearwater ~ 3,492
Sooty Shearwater ~ 2,454
Manx Shearwater – 72
Cory’s Shearwater – 1
Common Tern ~ 25
Wilson’s Storm-petrel ~ 1,200
Parasitic Jaeger – 3 (1ad 2 imm)
Northern Gannet – 15 (1ad)
Sanderling ~ 2 (heard only as they flew over)

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7/25

Wind: SW
Visibility ~ 7.8 miles
Water Conditions – fairly calm
Temp ~ 60s

Here is the list of birds seen from port and just about 4 miles off of Race Point:
Black-crowned Night-heron – 3
Black Tern – 1
Barn Swallow – 2
Least Tern – 2
Roseate Tern – 1
Northern Gannet ~ 20 (all imms)
Greater Shearwater ~ 300
Sooty Shearwater ~ 150
Manx Shearwater – 6
Cory’s Shearwater – 1
Parasitic Jaeger – 2 (1ad 1 imm)
Pomarine Jaeger – 3 (2ad 1 imm)
Sanderling – 2

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8/8

Wind: NW
Temp: 60s
Water Conditons: Fairly Calm
Visibility ~ 7 – 8

Birds (nothing different recorded from port):
Northern Gannet ~ 9 (2ads)
Greater Shearwater ~ 600
Sooty Shearwater ~ 200
Manx Shearwater – 4
Wilson’s Storm-petrel ~ 2,000
Laughing Gull ~ 10
Herring Gull ~ 200
Great Black-backed Gull ~ 15
Common Tern ~ 100
Roseate Tern – 2
Double Crested Cormorant – 1
Least Sandpiper – 6

Jaegers seen on 9:30am trip:
Parasitic Jaeger – 2 (both adults)
Pomarine Jaeger – 3 (1ad 1sub 1imm)
Jaeger spp – 1

Jaegers seen on 1:30pm trip out to the large group of whales and birds:
Parasitic Jaeger – 2 (both imm)
Pomarine Jaeger – 3 (2imm 1ad)

Jaegers seen on 1:30pm trip in the midst of the feeding whales and birds:
Parasitic Jaeger – 5 (2imm 1sub 2ad)
Pomarine Jaeger – 4 (2ad 2imm)
Long-tailed Jaeger – 1sub
Stercorarius spp – 1

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8/15

Within Race Point:
Black Scoter – 1f (Provincetown Harbor)
Common Eider – present
Black-crowned Night-heron – 1ad
Common Tern – present
Least Tern – present
Roseate Tern – present
Parasitic Jaeger – 1
Pomarine Jaeger – 2ad (1 light 1 dark)
Wilson’s Storm-petrel ~ 50
Greater Shearwater – 1
Northern Gannet – 1imm

Stellwagen Bank:
Greater Shearwater ~ 200
Sooty Shearwater ~ 50
Manx Shearwater ~ 5
Cory’s Shearwater – 2
Wilson’s Storm-petrel ~ 1200
Parasitic Jaeger ~ 5
Pomarine Jaeger ~ 3
Red-necked Phalarope ~8
Northern Gannet ~ 15
Black-legged Kittiwake – 1imm
Laughing Gull – present
Herring Gull – present
Great Black-backed Gull – present
Ring-billed Gull – 1ad

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8/22

Port and within Race Point:
Common Eider – present
American Black Duck – 3
Black-crowned Night-heron – 5
Northern gannet – 14 (1ad)
Bonaparte’s Gull – 1imm
Common Tern – present
Black Tern – 2 (1ad 1 imm)
Least Tern – 8
Roseate Tern ~ 15
Parasitic Jaeger – 1ad
Jaeger spp – 1
Sanderling ~ 20
Ruddy Turnstone – 6
Least Sandpiper – 3
Black-bellied Plover – 1
Semipalmated Plover ~ 10
Short-billed Dowitcher ~ 20
Common Loon – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 2
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 1imm
Tree Swallow ~ 50
Barn Swallow – 6
Bank Swallow – 1

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Stellwagen Bank:
Greater Shearwater ~ 100
Sooty Shearwater – 8
Manx Shearwater – 3
Cory’s Shearwater – 1
Wilson’s Storm-petrel – 5,000
Red-necked Phalaropes – 9
Parasitic Jaeger – 5 (1ad 4imm)
Pomarine Jaeger – 3 (1ad 2imm)
Pine Warbler – 1

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8/29

Port and within Race Point:
Black-crowned Night-heron – 2
Common Tern ~ 200
Roseate Tern ~ 25
Least Tern – 1
Black Tern – 3imm
Forster’s Tern – 1
Bonaparte’s Gull – 1imm
Northern Gannet – 15
Wilson’s Storm-petrel – 26

Stellwagen Bank:
Greater Shearwater ~ 50
Sooty Shearwater – 4
Manx Shearwater – 6
Cory’s Shearwater – 3
Northern Fulmar – 1 light morph
Wilson’s Storm-petrel ~ 3,000
Leach’s Storm-petrel – 2
Parasitic Jaeger – 3 (2ad 1 juv)
Pomarine Jaeger – 2 (1ad 1 juv)
Long-tailed Jaeger – 1juv
Red-necked Phalarope – 8
Red Phalarope – 6
Phalarope spp ~ 10
Northern Gannet – 87
Sabine’s Gull – 1 in breeding plumage

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