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Marine Bird Sightings 2008

Dolphin Fleet Whale watch has specific trips in which we collect data on seabirds that frequent our area. With this data we can see patterns of migration,species numbers and how weather may affect pelagic and other sea going birds. We are very excited about this new approach to the data collected for bird watchers that normally would not have the opportunity to see these pelagic birds in there natural habitat.

John C. Conlon has redesigned the bird data collection program recording the numbers of pelagic and other species of seabirds while traveling to Stellwagen Bankand the surrounding areas. The data he is collecting this season will hopefully give us a better understanding of the frequency of occurrence and the habits of these birds that frequent this area. As with all our scientific data collected we want to share it with others so that it can be of use to not only the scientific community but also for the public.

09cormmorants

July 8, 2008

SW wind 15 to 20 kts (inc), 2 – 3 ft seas
Vis 3 to 4 mi, 7/10 cld cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 10:00 to 13:30 hrs
30-35 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
00 ~ Greater Shearwaters
125 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
1 ~ Manx Shearwater
50 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels

laughing_gulls

July 15, 2008

0 wind, 0 seas, SE swell
Vis 20 mi, 1/10 cld cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 10:00 to 13:30 hrs
15-20 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
40-50 ~ Greater Shearwaters
8-10 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
400-500 ~ UI shearwaters
60-75 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
40-50 ~ Common Terns
8-10 ~ Least Terns

Birds documented between 14:00 to 17:00 hrs
2 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
1 ~ Sooty Shearwater
15-18 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
10 ~ Common Terns

09loons2

July 22, 2008

SW wind 5 to 10 kts dec.
Vis 3 to 5 mi, inc. to 10 to 15 mi., 3/10 cld cover
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen

Birds documented between 09:30 to 12:30 hrs
175-200 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
600-700 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
600-700 ~ Greater Shearwaters
250-300 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
50 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
3 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
5 ~ Pomarine Jaegers
4 ~ UI jaegers
50-70 ~ Laughing Gulls
100 -150 ~ UI gulls
100-125 ~ Common Terns
1 ~ Black-Crowned Night Heron

Birds documented between 13:00 to 16:00 hrs
175-200 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
300-350 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
50-70 ~ Greater Shearwaters
15-20 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
50 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
150-200 ~ Laughing Gulls
30-40 ~ UI gulls
150-175 ~ Common Terns

Birds documented between 16:30 to 19:30 hrs
175-200 ~ Double-Crested Cormorants
200-250 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
150-200 ~ Greater Shearwaters
150-200 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
6 ~ Manx Shearwaters
25 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
1 ~ Northern Gannet
2 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
7 ~ Pomarine Jaegers
150-200 ~ Laughing gulls
100 ~ UI gulls
1 ~ Roseate Tern
150-175 ~ Common Terns

immgannet

July 28, 2008

0 wind Vis 20 mi., 2/10 cld cover
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen

Birds documented between 0930 to 1230 hrs
100 -125 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
50 -70 ~ Greater Shearwaters
30-40 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
1 ~ Manx Shearwater
3 ~ Northern Gannets
3 ~ Double-Crested Cormorants
100-125 ~ Laughing Gulls
150-175 ~ Common Terns

Birds documented between 13:00 to 16:00
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen
100-125 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
50-70 ~ Greater Shearwaters
30-40 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
1 ~ Shearwater
1 ~ UI phalarope
2 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
100-125 ~ Laughing Gulls


Birds documented between 16:30 to 19:30

Race Point to Peaked Hill
50-75 ~ Laughing Gulls

09shearwater3

August 5, 2008

Wind NE 7 to 10 kts, seas 3 to 4 ft
Vis 20 mi, 8/10 cld cvr
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen and west

Birds documented between 10:30 to 13:30 hrs
200-250 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
200-250 ~ Greater Shearwaters
40-50 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
1 ~ Manx Shearwater
5 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
4-6 ~ Northern Gannets
5 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
3 ~ UI jaegers
200-250 ~ Laughing Gulls
300-400 ~ UI terns

Birds documented between 14:00 to 17:00 hrs
250-300 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
200-250 ~ Greater Shearwaters
50-75 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
1 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
3 ~ Northern Gannets
5-6 ~ Parasitic Jeagers
3-5 ~ Pomarine Jaegers
200-250 ~ Laughing Gulls
9-12 ~ Least Terns
400-500 ~ UI terns

Birds documented between 17:30 to 20:30 hrs
100-125 ~ Greater Shearwaters
20-30 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
3 ~ Manx Shearwaters
1 ~ Parasitic Jaeger
2 ~ UI jaegers

August 12, 2008

Wind NE 20 to 25 kts, seas 4 to 5 ft
Vis 4 to 6 mi, 8/10 cld cvr
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen and Peaked Hill

Birds documented between 10:30 to 17:00 hrs combined
10-12 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
1 ~ Pomarine Jaeger
Groups of hundreds of terns as mixed flocks of Common and Roseate Terns Adults and immature’s

August 19, 2008

No rec wind
No rec vis / cld
Race Point to Peaked Hill

Birds documented between 10:30 to 13:30 hrs
8-10 ~ Common Eiders
15-25 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
80-100 ~ Greater Shearwaters
10-15 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
2 ~ Manx Shearwaters
4 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
40-50 ~ Laughing Gulls
100-120 ~ UI terns

09sooty

September 2, 2008

Wind NE 14 to 18 kts, seas 2 to 4 ft
Vis — , 4/10 cld cvr
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 09:30 to 12:30 hrs
2 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
4 ~ UI shearwaters
4 ~ Double-Crested Cormorants
2 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
3 ~ Herring Gulls
20=-0 ~ UI terns

09NESTINGCORM

September 9, 2008

Wind SW 15 to 20 inc., seas 2 to 3 ft
Vis 1 to 3 mi, 10 / 10 cld cvr
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen Bank

Birds documented between 13:30 to 16:30
100 Double-Crested Cormorants
40-45 ~ Common Eiders
10-12 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
10-15 ~ Greater Shearwaters
30-35 ~ UI shearwaters
9 ~ Northern Gannets
2 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
1 ~ Pomarine Jaeger
50-60 ~ Laughing Gulls
70-80 ~ UI gulls
270-300 ~ UI terns

turns

September 16, 2008

Wind SW 1 to 3 kts,
Vis 20 mi., 8 / 10 cld cvr
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 12:30 to 15:30 hrs
50 ~ Double-Crested Cormorants
28 ~ Common Eiders
3 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
10 ~ Laughing Gulls
2 ~ Herring Gulls
25-30 ~ Great Black-Backed Gull
100-125 ~ UI gulls
7 ~ Roseate Terns
15-18 ~ Common Terns
200-300 ~ UI terns

09gannets

September 23, 2008

Wind NE 15 to 20 kts, seas 2 to 4 ft
Vis 8 to 10 mi., 1 / 10 cld cvr
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen Bank

Birds documented between 13:00 to 16:00 hrs
50-60 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
40-50 ~ Greater Shearwaters
100-125 ~ UI shearwaters
2 ~ Black Scoters
1 ~ Parasitic Jaeger
30 September
Wind NE 3 to 5 kts
Vis 8 to 10 mi., 5 / 10 cld cvr

Race Point to southeast Stellwagen 14:00 to 17:10 hrs
4 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
2 ~ Greater Shearwaters
2 ~ Northern Gannets
20-30 ~ Laughing Gulls

09gannets

October 7, 2008

Wind NNW 10 to 15 kts
Vis 20 mi., 1 / 10 cld cvr
Race Point to Southeast Stellwagen Bank

Birds documented between 13:00 to 16:00 hrs
25-30 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
25-30 ~ Greater Shearwaters
2 ~ Manx Shearwaters
5 ~ Northern Gannets
150-175 ~ Double-Crested Cormorants
15-18 ~ Common Eiders
20-25 ~ Black Scoters
10-13 ~ White-Winged Scoters

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