Date: 7/21/20 7:15 pm From: Jon Woolf <jsw...> Subject: [NHBirds] One very surprised sanderling
I went on Granite State Whale Watch's afternoon run today. Birds were rather scarce -- scattered gulls, a few terns, a dozen or so Wilson's Storm-petrels following the Eastman's boat Lady Merrilee II as she headed home to Seabrook after a fishing trip. Then 'way down near Rockport, we came across two humpback whales, identified as "Spoon" and "Pinball," peacefully enjoying an afternoon snooze.
After we'd been drifting with them for a few minutes, a migrating Sanderling happened by and tried to land on a large black rock. It promptly got the surprise of its life when said "rock" turned out to be Spoon. Both whales were startled awake, dived, and then gave us a grand show in the form of several full-body breaches.