Dolphin Fleet naturalist John Conlon notes that in general, as we are seeing more feeding humpback whales and sand eels at the surface, we are seeing more gulls, terns and shearwaters offshore. We are also seeing increasing numbers of gulls and terns in general throughout our trips, including immatures from both groups.
There have even been several sightings of royal terns, which we don’t get too often around here. Also, we are starting to get some of the migrants rolling through. Red phalaropes were spotted just the other day, and there have been occasional sightings of both pomerine and parasitic jaegers offshore.