In my over exuberance, I set my alarm for Sunday instead of Saturday. Good thing for me, I was not sleeping well on Friday night into Saturday and so I hopped out of bed later than I would have liked but felt I had just about enough time to make it to the boat. After a hair raising ride on the Southern State Parkway, I made it...just barely and scampered on board. I was happy that I made it but that happiness turned to dismay as I realized just as the boat pulled out from the docks that in my haste, I had forgotten my winter coat in the car. This was not going to be fun but what else was I to do but suck it up and of course good birds would make me forget how cold it was.
And we did get GREAT birds that made me forgot about the cold, like this awesome NORTHERN FULMAR that came in close enough for crippling views. Is this close enough?
No? Well how about this one.
This was a life bird for me and this is the kind of looks that everyone should have of their life Fulmar. It was SWEET! What cold?
The FULMAR was awesome but you know us birders, we want more and we got more! How about point blank looks at adult and juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES followed by GREAT SHEARWATERS.
The Trips highlights were summed up by trip leader Doug Gochfeld as: Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater (late, unexpected bird spotted by a few of us as we huddled in the back on the lower deck and later found out it was also seen from the upper deck) , Cory's Shearwater (disappointed we did not get closer looks), Great Shearwater, Black-legged Kittiwake (had a good many out there with EXCELLENT looks at adult and juveniles), "Kumlien's" Iceland Gull- 3 (2nd cycle, juvenile, adult), Lesser Black-backed Gull (juveniles), Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull and Northern Gannet. We also had Great Blue Heron, American Goldfinch, and Red-winged Blackbird. We also had some Swallows at the beginning of the trip.
Tags: Pelagic Birding, Northern Fulmar, Great Shearwater, Black-legged Kittiwake