Bird Report # 1
Saturday, June 20 2006
Mild south/southwest winds and flat seas had very few birds on the move today. In fact except for small mixed groups of gulls casually following a number of sub-surface feeding Finback Whales around in the waters east of Race Point, the avian activity was very low. Eight to twelve miles to the east and south of the race, Wilson’s Storm-petrels were foraging in relatively sparse numbers but were easily observable at any time during our 12:30 trip. Also observed were 4 Northern Gannets, 1 adult and three sub-adults. Common Terns were foraging along the shore and actually courting overhead as we ran along Herring Cove Beach, while not numerous at all off-shore. We’ll wait for some easterly breezes or perhaps some stronger south/southwest winds to churn things up and move the plankton and bait around, hoping for some sightings of Greater Shearwaters and Sooty Shearwaters later in the week.
Herring Gull – abundant
Great Black-backed Gull – abundant
Laughing Gull – 350
Common Tern – 30
Least Tern – 15
Wilson’s Storm-petrel – 400
Northern Gannet 4
Double – crested Cormorant – At sea, 2 on the breakwater – 120
The countdown to our 46th season has begun! SATURDAY APRIL 17TH will be our opening day! Advanced reservations are recommended as we are running trips at a reduced capacity.
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We are requiring all passengers (over the age of 2) to wear face masks on the vessel. Passengers without masks will not be allowed to board; this is for the safety of everyone. At this time no coolers, food, or beverages will be allowed onboard, with the exception of infant needs. Please visit our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for more information. We are excited to see you soon and get out on the water for our 46th whale watch season!