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.


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