Date: 7/25/17 4:01 pm From: Bill Baker <oldquarryadventures...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Old Quarry Puffin Trip featuring (sometimes) the red-billed tropicbird report
Red-billed Tropicbird success: 4/8
Though it was sunny today, the tropicbird was not present on the island. The theory is that last nights/this mornings storm prevented it from returning. It was a good day on the water though, flat and productive. We got good looks at a Minke Whale, Gray Seals, Harbor Porpoise, and Harbor Seals, but enough with the mammals. We saw Eagles, Osprey, Loon, Eider, DC cormorant before reaching inside of Isle au Haut. By mid-way Isle au Hau to Seal Island we saw 5 Manx Shearwaters (used to be rare), 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Great Shearwaters, 50+ Wilson;s Storm-petrel, 40+ Northern Gannet, many Razorbills with chicks, many Puffins on the way out, 3 groups of red-necked phalaropes, 3 jaegers (presumably parasitic, one dark, two intermediate). At the Island we saw at least three common murres, many arctic and common turns, many Great Cormorants but Razorbills were few and far between on and around the island.