Date: 9/24/17 2:35 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [NHBirds] Granite State Whale Watch (Northern Fulmars, Cory's Shearwaters, etc.)
An incredibly hot day today with temperatures rising into the upper
80's. A beach day for sure. The coast was very busy. After a
relatively slow and brief walk around Odiorne, we took the Granite State
Whale Watch out of Rye. Calm winds left glassy seas; however, there was
a decent swell which subsided quickly to give a very nice afternoon on
the water. LOTS of whales with approximately 13 Humpbacks, 6 Minkes and
several Harbor Porpoise. Birds were scarce, but there was a nice
variety. Photos and partial list from offshore waters only:
Offshore waters - NH, Rockingham, New Hampshire, US
Sep 24, 2017
Comments: Granite State Whale Watch. Visiting an area southeast of the Isles of Shoals where we counted 13 (!) Humpback Whales and a few Minke Whales. Mostly resting on surface. Shoals visible the whole time. Inside of Jeffrey's Ledge and inside of Scantum area. Calm winds and glassy seas. Swells early, subsiding. Exceptionally hot day for late September.
9 species (+1 other taxa)
Surf Scoter 20 Single flock flying NORTH offshore in area of whales. All adult males.
Common Loon 1 Offshore on water with whales. More inside Isles of Shoals on water.
Northern Fulmar 3 One apparent dark morph. First of fall for whale watch crew.
Cory's Shearwater 3
Great Shearwater 1
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 8 Rough estimate. Well seen birds. No Leach's candidates.
Northern Gannet 40 Rough count. Includes some birds inside the Isles of Shoals.
Red-necked Phalarope 3 Surprisingly close to Isles of Shoals.
Bonaparte's Gull 2
passerine sp. 1 One offshore almost landed on boat. Did not see well at all.