First HORNED GREBE of fall
3 PEREGRINE FALCONS
Black legged kittiwakes
There has been moderate bird activity within the islands, but nothing like we experienced on the day of the pelagic trip. Indeed, the SABINE'S GULL has not been seen since. Still good numbers of feeding gulls with plenty of PARASITIC JAEGERS around. POMARINE JAEGERS continue to be spotted further offshore. During an exploratory trip far out to the Grand Manan channel in the scout boat to find the elusive Orca whale of the Bay of Fundy I saw a group of 15-20 POMARINE JAEGERS but little else in the way of bird life. We just barely missed seeing the Orca as well, which was sighted just off the coast of Grand Manan. We did however have a great encounter with a large BASKING SHARK and I was able to get my first underwater footage of this massive animal. To view the video click HERE. As far as birds go, the offshore has been very quiet, with small numbers of gannets and shearwaters around as well as the odd group of ATLANTIC PUFFINS.
On Oct. 5th I spotted my first immature LONG-TAILED JAEGER. The bird was seen in Head Harbour passage in close proximity to other jaegers that I identified as Parasitics. This bird was smaller with very buoyant flight, noticeably different from the parasitic jaeger in the strong wind conditions. The plumage was consistent with a first summer light-morph LONG-TAILED JAEGER. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me.
Migrant raptors continue to be spotted and sightings are as follows;
On Oct. 1st an adult PEREGRINE FALCON was seen crossing Letete
On Oct. 2nd another PEREGRINE FALCON was seen crossing in the same area
Also on Oct. 2nd, a MERLIN was sighted just off Head Harbour Light
On Oct. 3rd an immature PEREGRINE FALCON was seen crossing at Letete
On Oct. 4th a MERLIN was seen crossing Letete passage
On Oct. 4th we were shuttling cruise ship passengers to and from the Roosevelt cottage on Campobello. While waiting for the passengers to return I was able to do a bit of birding on the island and noted the following species.
ORANGE CROWNED WARBELR
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
8 Blackpoll warblers
Black and white warbler
Blue headed vireo
5+ Northern Flicker
20+ White-throated sparrows
10+ Song sparrows
The eagles have been particularly amazing on recent trips, allowing many close approaches. I got a chance to test out a new camera and therefore have plenty of eagle shots, which are the only photos i've taken in the last couple weeks.
|Bald eagle with fish (Sebastes sp. a.k.a Rockfish)|
|Bald eagle in flight|
|Bald eagle taking off|
|Bald eagle in flight|
|Bald Eagle in flight with fish|
In this next photo you can see the nictitating membrane, a type of third eyelid present in birds and many other animals. The membrane can be drawn across the eye horizontally to protect or moisten while still maintaining visibility.
|Bald eagle with nictitating membrane drawn over eye|
I also received a photo taken by a passenger named Barry Gutradt who was aboard one of our cruises. The photo was of a young eagle with two leg bands taken on Tinkers Island off the coast of Deer island. Barry spends a lot of time photographing whales and birds down in Bar Harbour and after showing the photo to some researchers down there it was determined that this was a bird banded on Doubleshot Island off the coast of Maine in 2009.
|Bald eagle with leg bands. Photo courtesy of Barry Gutradt|