Date: 1/24/20 5:47 am From: Leo McKillop <weomck...> Subject: [NHBirds] Eastmans trip 1/23/2020
Was only in NH waters from 7-8am and 3-4pm. Was in MA waters rest of the trip. While in NH waters I still managed dovekie, common murre, black-legged kittiwake, and razorbill. As opposed to previous trips the vast majority of the alcids were seen on Jeffrey's ledge (not in between Shoals and Jeffrey's). In MA waters I stopped counting dovekies around noon with 675 and that was conservative. Thick-billed Murre - 2 Puffin- 2 Common Murre - plenty but unsure at moment Razorbill- plenty but unsure at moment Kittiwakes: 100 Iceland Gull- 3 Glaucous Gull - 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 large alcids- 200 Northern Fulmar - none
still going through photos to get a better idea of the split between common murre, razorbill, and large alcids. The dovekie show continued from noon til 2 when we finally headed back. I didn't count but I'd estimate AT LEAST another 400. There wasn't a moment when I couldn't find one to four in view within 10 seconds, from 9am til 2 pm they were everywhere, flying and on the water.
Conditions were not ideal, SW wind of 15-20 kt kicked up the waves complete with white caps until around noon when it settled down. They didn't find any fish until 12:30 or 1pm so they stayed out later than normal having finally found a good spot. On the way back (in between naps) I mainly concentrated on the gulls following the boat. Immature Glaucous, Iceland, and a Lesser Black-backed were the highlights. Like on previous trips the alcid #s were drastically reduced on the way back.