Date: 7/22/20 3:14 am From: Peter Trull <petrull...> Subject: Re: [NHBirds] One very surprised sanderling
Jon, that’s a very cool story, event. Worth writing up as a note to publish. After several thousand whale watches, I’ve never seen nor heard of it. Really cool....Gulls Lansing on the heads of feeding whales is a regular event but a migrant shorebird landing on a whale that’s logging is certainly noteworthy.
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> On Jul 21, 2020, at 10:14 PM, Jon Woolf <jsw...> wrote:
> 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.
> A very nice way to spend an afternoon!
> -- Jon Woolf
> Manchester, NH
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