Date: 7/30/17 6:35 pm From: Keenan Yakola <kyakola...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Seal Island NWR - Jaegers & More
The past few days have been great for jaegers out of Seal Island NWR. Mainly to the northeast of the island in waters between us and Isle au Haut. Yesterday we had all three species of jaeger close to the island! Many parasitics harassing terns throughout the day and to cap it all off we enjoyed a Pomarine Jaeger harassing and black-backed gull who was then joined by a Long-tailed Jaeger! In addition, there have been lots of gannets. The largest group I estimated was around 300-400 birds forming a literal tornado of gannets well off the island. We have not seen the tropicbird since the 27th. If you are hoping to see it this season I would certainly try soon. Typically once the terns start to leave the island, which they most certainly have (our colony is about half the size), he becomes significantly harder to see.