MARINE BIRDS OF CAPE COD

Dolphin Fleet Whale watch has specific trips in which we collect data on seabirds that frequent our area. With this data we can see paterns of migration,species numbers and how weather may affect pelagic and other sea going birds. We are very excited about this new approach to the data collected for bird watchers that normally would not have the opportunity to see these pelagic birds in there natural habitat.

John C. Conlon has redesigned the bird data collection program recording the numbers of pelagic and other species of seabirds while traveling to Stellwagen Bankand the surrounding areas. The data he is collecting this season will hopefully give us a better understanding of the frequency of occurrence and the habits of these birds that frequent this area. As with all our scientific data collected we want to share it with others so that it can be of use to not only the scientific community but alsofor the public.

 
 

Dolphin Fleet Bird Sightings of 2009:


Double-crested Cormorants

June 16, 2009

NE wind 12 to 15 kts, 2 – 4 ft seas
Vis 6 to 8 mi, 9/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen


Mature loons

June 24, 2009

NE wind 1 to 3 kts, 2 – 4 ft swell
Vis 2 to 4 mi (less in fog), 10/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen

Birds documented between 10:00 to 13:00 hrs
250 ~ Greater Shearwaters
255 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
400 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
27 ~ Common Eiders
400 ~ UI gulls
200 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between 13:30 to 16:30 hrs
7 ~ Northern Fulmars
625 ~ Greater Shearwaters
325 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
100 ~ UI shearwaters             
775 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
6 ~ Northern Gannets
2 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
5 ~ Common Eiders
12 ~ Laughing Gulls
3 ~ Herring Gulls
5 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
550 ~ UI gulls
250 ~ UI terns


Immatute Loon

July 1, 2009

ESE wind 5 to 7 kts, 1 – 2 ft seas
Vis 100 to 150 yds, 10/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen

Birds documented between 10:00 to 13:00 hrs
30 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
300 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
18 ~ Common Eiders
45 ~ Laughing Gulls
70 ~ Ring-billed Gulls
80 ~ Herring Gulls
2 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
300 ~ UI gulls
250 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between13:30 to 1630 hrs
30 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
550 ~ Greater Shearwaters
400 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
650 ~ UI shearwaters          
70 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
2 ~ Northern Gannets
100 ~ UI gulls
30 ~ UI terns


1st year gannet

July 7, 2009

SE wind 15 kts, 2 – 3 ft seas
Vis 5 mi, 10/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southwest Stellwagen

Birds documented between 10:00 to 13:00 hrs
85 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
45 ~ Greater Shearwaters
30 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
10 ~ Northern Gannets
200 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
8 ~ Common Eiders
50 ~ Laughing Gulls
Birds documented between 13:30 to 16:30 hrs
100 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
650 ~ Greater Shearwaters
470 ~ Sooty Shearwaters    
125 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
30 ~ Northern Gannets
35 ~ Laughing Gulls
20 ~ Herring Gulls
45 ~ UI gulls
10 ~ UI terns


Sooty Shearwater

July 15, 2009

wind 0 kts, 0 ft seas
Vis 20 mi, 1/10 cloud cover
Race Point to Peaked Hill

Birds documented between 13:30 to 16:30 hrs
220 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
270 ~ Greater Shearwaters
90 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
100 ~ UI shearwaters
24 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
5 ~ Northern Gannets
71 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
6 ~ Laughing Gulls
10 ~ Ring-billed Gulls
25 ~ Herring Gulls
80 ~ UI gulls
125 ~ UI terns


Cory's Shearwater

July 22, 2009

Var wind - kts, 1 - 2ft seas
Vis 10 mi, 3/10 cloud cover
Race Point to BE Bouy

Birds documented between 10:30 to 13:30 hrs
25 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
3000 ~ Greater Shearwaters
25 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
25 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
220 ~ Double-crested cormorants
20 ~ Common Eiders
50 ~ Laughing Gulls
20 ~ Herring Gulls
20 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between 14:30 to 17:30 hrs
45 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
2000 ~ Greater Shearwaters
3 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
5 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
150 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
20 ~ Laughing Gulls
35 ~ Herring Gulls
20 ~ UI terns


Raft of shearwaters

July 29, 2009

SW wind - kts, - ft seas
Vis - mi, 4/10 cloud cover
Race Point to BE Bouy

Birds documented between 10:30 to 13:30 hrs
170 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
210 ~ Greater Shearwaters
25 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
55 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
22 ~ Northern Gannets
125 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
1 ~ Common Eider
240 ~ Laughing Gulls
4 ~ Ring-billed Gulls
10 ~ Herring Gulls
10 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
90 ~ UI gulls
95 ~ Common Terns
35 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between 14:00 to 17:15 hrs
125 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
85 ~ Greater Shearwaters
25 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
55 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
11 ~ Northern Gannets
135 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
5 ~ Common Eiders
110 ~ Laughing Gulls
25 ~ Herring Gulls
20 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
110 ~ UI gulls
65 ~ Common Terns
10 ~ UI terns


Common Eiders

August 5, 2009

SW wind 15 kts, 3 ft seas
Vis 5 mi, 4/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 0900 to 1200 hrs
15 Cory’s Shearwaters
650 Greater Shearwaters
20 Sooty Shearwaters
20 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
7 Northern Gannets
200 Double-crested Cormorants
1 ! Parasitic Jaeger
1 ~ Pomarine Jaeger
50 ~ Laughing Gulls
3 ~ Ring-billed Gulls
80 ~ UI gulls
40 ~ Common Terns
90 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between 1230 to 1530 hrs
15 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
400 ~ Greater Shearwaters
7 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
40 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
4 ~ Northern Gannets
75 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
1 ~ Parasitic Jaeger
3 ~ Pomarine Jaegers
5 ~ UI jaegers
50 ~ UI gulls
20 ~ Common Terns

August 12, 2009

NE wind 10 kts, 2 ft seas
Vis 6 to 8 mi, 10/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 09:00 to 12:00 hrs
10 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
150 ~ Greater Shearwaters
1 ~ Sooty Shearwater
5 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
255 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
30 ~ Herring Gulls
4 ~ Common Terns
Birds documented between12:30 to 15:30 hrs
25 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
175 ~ Greater Shearwaters
22 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
7 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
3 ~ Northern Gannets
200 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
55 ~ Herring Gulls
20 ~ Common Terns


Mature Gannets

August 19, 2009

SW wind 2 to 4 kts, <1 ft seas
Vis 4 to 6 mi, 5/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 09:00 to 12:00 hrs
30 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
75 ~ Greater Shearwaters
15 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
50 ~ UI shearwaters
15 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
1 ~ Northern Gannet
220 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
6 ~ Common Eiders
6 ~ UI phalaropes
20 ~ Laughing Gulls
3 ~ Ring-billed Gulls
1 ~ Great Black-backed Gull
15 ~ UI gulls
50 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between12:30 to 15:30 hrs
8 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
15 ~ Greater Shearwaters
4 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
10 ~ UI shearwaters
5 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
200 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
1 ~ Parasitic Jaeger
10 ~ Laughing Gulls
40 ~ UI gulls
60 ~ UI terns


Common Terns

August 26, 2009

SW wind 8 to 10 kts, 1 to 2 ft seas
Vis 6 to 8 mi, 3/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 09:00 to 12:00 hrs
5 Cory’s Shearwaters
7 Greater Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
1 Manx Shearwater
15 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
90 Double-crested Cormorants
7 Common Eiders
25 UI gulls
45 UI terns


Adult Jaeger chasing turn for food

To A Sea-Bird
By Bret Harte

Sauntering hither on listless wings,
Careless vagabond of the sea,
Little thou heedest the surf that sings,
The bar that thunders, the shale that rings,--
Give me to keep thy company.

Little thou hast, old friend, that's new;
Storms and wrecks are old things to thee;
Sick am I of these changes, too;
Little to care for, little to rue,--
I on the shore, and thou on the sea.

All of thy wanderings, far and near,
Bring thee at last to shore and me;
All of my journeyings end them here:
This our tether must be our cheer,--
I on the shore, and thou on the sea.

Lazily rocking on ocean's breast,
Something in common, old friend, have we:
Thou on the shingle seek'st thy nest,
I to the waters look for rest,--
I on the shore, and thou on the sea.

September 2, 2009

0 wind, 0 seas
Vis 20 mi, 3/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 10:30 to 13:30 hrs
25 ~ Greater Shearwaters
7 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
1 ~ Manx Shearwater
45 ~ UI shearwaters
20 ~ Wilson’s Storm-Petrels
75 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
32 ~ Common Eiders
1 ~ Parasitic Jaeger
15 ~ UI jaegers
60 ~ UI gulls
30 ~ UI terns


Storm petrel

September 8, 2009

SE wind 5 to10 kts, 1 to 2 ft seas
Vis 8 to 10 mi, 7/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 10:00 to 13:15 hrs
40 ~ Greater Shearwaters
1 ~ Sooty Shearwater
17 ~ Manx Shearwaters
30 ~ UI shearwaters
5 ~ Northern Gannets
200 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
30 ~ Common Eiders
4 ~ Black Scoters
6 ~ Red Phalaropes
8 ~ UI phalaropes
2 ~ Pomarine Jaegers
15 ~ UI jaegers
70 ~ Herring Gulls
50 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
80 ~ UI gulls
10 ~ Common Terns
2 ~ Forster’s Terns
10 ~ Least Terns
17 ~ Black Terns
35 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between 13:30 to 16:30 hrs
19 ~ Greater Shearwaters
6 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
25 ~ UI shearwaters
1 ~ Northern Gannet
225 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
40 ~ Common Eiders
100 ~ Herring Gulls
150 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
175 ~ UI gulls
20 ~ Common Terns
65 ~ UI terns


2 greater Shearwaters

September 23, 2009

SW wind 7 to 9 kts, 2 to 3 ft seas
Vis 12 to 14 mi, 8/10 cloud cover
Race Point to northeast of Peaked Hill

Birds documented between 10:00 to 13:15 hrs
10 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
40 ~ Greater Shearwaters
10 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
20 ~ UI shearwaters
155 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
10 ~ Common Eiders
5 ~ Parasitic Jaegers
1 ~ Pomarine Jaeger
15 ~ UI jaegers
40 ~ Herring Gulls
50 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
120 ~ UI gulls
50 ~ Common Terns
40 ~ UI terns
Birds documented between 13:30 to 16:30 hrs
30 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
80 ~ Greater Shearwaters
1 ~ Manx Shearwater
25 ~ UI shearwaters
200 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
15 ~ Common Eiders
30 ~ UI jaegers
40 ~ Herring Gulls
60 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
80 ~ UI gulls
200 ~ Common Terns
185 ~ UI terns


Kittywake

September 30, 2009

WNW wind 10 kts, 2 to 3 ft swell
Vis 20 mi, 6/10 cloud cover
Race Point to Triangle

Birds documented between 12:00 to 15:00 hrs
150 ~ Greater Shearwaters
5 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
2 ~ Manx Shearwaters
12 ~ Northern Gannets
250 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
20 ~ Common Eiders
10 ~ Herring Gulls
75 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
10 ~ UI gulls
2 ~ Common Terns


Black-Backed Gulls on Long Point

October 9, 2009

SW wind 5 to 8 kts, 1 ft sea
Vis 20 mi, 10/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast of Stellwagen

Birds documented between 12:00 to 14:45 hrs
3 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
15 ~ Greater Shearwaters
3 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
15 ~ UI shearwaters
40 ~ Northern Gannets
290 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
75 ~ Common Eiders
10 ~ White-winged Scoters
1 ~ Red Phalarope
1 ~ Parasitic Jaeger
20 ~ Laughing Gulls
25 ~ Ring-billed Gulls
35 ~ Herring Gulls
150 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
65 ~ Black-legged Kittiwakes
150 ~ UI gulls
175 ~ UI terns


Northern Fulmar

October 14, 2009

NW wind 14 to 18 kts, 3 to 5 ft seas
Vis 20 mi, 3/10 cloud cover
Race Point to southeast Stellwagen

Birds documented between 12:00 to 14:45 hrs
3 ~ Cory’s Shearwaters
15 ~ Greater Shearwaters
3 ~ Sooty Shearwaters
15 ~ UI shearwaters
40 ~ Northern Gannets
290 ~ Double-crested Cormorants
75 ~ Common Eiders
10 ~ White-winged Scoters
1 ~ Red Phalarope
1 ~ Parasitic Jaeger
20 ~ Laughing Gulls
25 ~ Ring-billed Gulls
35 ~ Herring Gulls
150 ~ Great Black-backed Gulls
65 ~ Black-legged Kittiwakes
150 ~ UI gulls
175 ~ UI terns


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