Zeke Cornell and I went out on the Granite State's afternoon whale watch today hoping for a shearwater or two. As Jon Woolf reported Friday, there were few birds, although the whales were very cooperative. We had 4 Black Guillemots at the Isles of Shoals near Star Island and for pelagics, we had 1 Wilson's Storm-Petrel, 6 gannets, and one distant shearwater species. On the morning watch, they had 1 storm-petrel and 1 Great Shearwater, according to Melanie the naturalist. For whales we had 4 Minke, 4 Fin, and 2 humpbacks. According to Captain Pete, they've had a few shearwaters recently but bird numbers are still low. The water temperature is still cool which may be a factor.
On the way to boat we had a BRANT at Little Boar's Head - pretty unusual for summer.