Date: 8/24/17 4:50 pm
From: Stu Daniels <studaniels...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Chatham mini-Pelagic
As the only Birders I've seen on North Beach, Chatham, for just shy of 2
weeks, we've been wondering why there have been SO many Shearwaters (mostly
Greater & Sooty, but I don't consider myself "checked out" on Shearwaters.)
that we never noticed on the ocean side of South Beach in years past? Many
are naked-eye close. No need for a scope.
Unlike South Beach, the draw of North Beach is the ocean beach, not the
birding. On favorable wind days, we've seen good numbers of Black-bellied
Plovers and Tree Swallows staging, but the mudflat is minimal so there
isn't a lot of feeding. There are far fewer species on North Beach. I never
thought it was possible to spend 2 weeks on a Cape Cod barrier beach/island
and not see or hear 1 Willet?

Stu Daniels

On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 5:04 PM, Peter Trull <petrull...> wrote:

> Massbirders,
> While some were enjoying a spectacle at race point, six enthusiastic and
> excited birders joined me for one of the best small boat, big ocean marine
> life spectacles of our own, as we traveled 6 – 8 miles southeast of Chatham
> aboard the F/V Kittiwake with Captain Kenny Eldredge. Besides being
> surrounded by thousands of great shearwaters all day, with lesser numbers,
> but great observations of sooty, cory’s and a half dozen manx, the cetacean
> observations were a spectacle unto themselves! Hundreds of Atlantic
> white-sided dolphins, some pods with up to 80 individuals, surrounded the
> boat at arms length, thrashing and whirling around and below the vessel,
> while humpback whales were passing by blessing us with wet faces from their
> exhalations! It was a long-term WOW situation. The Atlantic ocean is alive!
> Thanks to Captain Kenny and the great folks on board for a great trip. If
> you can get offshore for this 4 hr. trip you should.
> Peter Trull
> Brewster
> <petrull...>
> Chatham, Barnstable County, MA, US, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
> Aug 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 16.0 mile(s)
> Comments: South east of Chatham, 6 - 8 miles off-shore
> 19 species
> Common Eider 6
> Cory's Shearwater 8
> Great Shearwater 3500 This count is conservative,
> Sooty Shearwater 60 Single birds and groups all day
> Manx Shearwater 6
> Wilson's Storm-Petrel 220
> Northern Gannet 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 75
> Great Blue Heron 2 Tern Is.
> Snowy Egret 6 Tern Is
> Northern Harrier 1 Tern Is.
> Black-bellied Plover 15 along shore
> Red-necked Phalarope 5
> Laughing Gull 30
> Herring Gull 120
> Great Black-backed Gull 90
> Roseate Tern 2
> Common Tern 30
> Mourning Dove 1 In-shore
> View this checklist online at
> ecklist/S38770728
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

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