Date: 8/29/17 5:15 pm From: Andrea Bean <abean60...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Race Point and Race Point Beach Shearwater and Gull show
Massbirders, I wanted to share my ebird report from Sunday. It is late because it took me so long to go through my photos. If anyone can get down to Race Point Beach to witness this spectacular display of Shearwaters, it will be something that you may never witness again for a long time. Shearwaters sitting on the beach, it is amazing. If you are interested, here is a video as well. Please keep your sound on, the noise they are making is incredible.
Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US Aug 27, 2017 8:40 AM - 3:40 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: This report is of the entire day total hours from RPB to Hatches. We birded until 1:00 then came back to catch the high tide and birded until the sun set. 1.5 hours after high tide was a shearwater feeding frenzy. I've never in my life seen anything like this. Shearwaters all over the beach. 19 species
Cory's Shearwater 60 This number is a total between my both visits today so it could be less if double counted. Great Shearwater 15000 The greatest concentration by far was when we came back for high tide, although there were quite a bunch, maybe 6000 in the morning. Sooty Shearwater 170 Count between morning and evening. There may have been duplicate counts Manx Shearwater 15 I am sure this is an undercount. It was just hard to pick out the minority in such a crowd. Double-crested Cormorant 32 Black-bellied Plover 3 American Golden-Plover 1 seen at the back of hatches while the sun was starting to set. I wished I had had a better camera for this one. The light the setting sun was casting on this bird was amazing. Semipalmated Plover 7 Whimbrel 2 Sanderling 35 Bonaparte's Gull 5 Laughing Gull 250 Ring-billed Gull 75 Herring Gull 350 Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Feeding in the mass amounts of fish washed up on shore. Great Black-backed Gull 300 Roseate Tern 12 All on our second time back Common Tern 100 American Crow 2