Pelagic bird watching continues to be good despite that we are in the time of year when many of the winter-time seabirds have moved on to summer grounds and summer-time birds have not arrived in any substantial numbers.
Through mid to late May we’ve seen Bonaparte’s gulls, Glaucous gulls and Iceland gulls. The Bonaparte’s were seen early on as small flocks of 15-35 or so but steadily became fewer and fewer. As we head into early June, however, we are still able to find one or two Glaucous or Iceland gulls (including Icelands along the beach between Long Point and Wood End). Look into the feeding flocks of gulls above humpback whales for these Glaucous or Iceland gulls.
Gannets are also still to be seen offshore, in small numbers. They are mostly juveniles as it is late in the year for adult gannets. There is also an occasional loon or two to be seen.
Perhaps the biggest surprise though was a late winter year puffin!
As of the last week of May we are also seeing isolated pairs and triplets of Wilson’s Storm-petrels and singles and pairs of Sooty and Greater Shearwaters.
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We have reduced our capacity for more comfort for our guests. All un-vaccinated passengers (over the age of 2) are requested to wear face masks.
Vaccinated passengers are not required to wear masks on outer decks although we highly recommend them; this is for the safety of everyone. Masks are required for all wishing to enter the enclosed cabin. Food, beverages and coolers will not 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 you out on the water for another whale watching season!