Welcome to Quoddy Link's Bird Blog! A place to report the many bird species sighted while aboard the Quoddy Link. Sightings are recorded by the skilled interpreters aboard the Quoddy link's whale watching catamaran that frequents the areas around Campobello Island, Deer Island and Grand Manan. For more information about our company, or to make a reservation on one of our trips please visit our main site at www.quoddylinkmarine.com. If you have any comments our questions, or would like to add your own sighting please respond by adding a comment in the comments section below each post or email nickjameshawkins@gmail.com. Thanks and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pelagic Trip Report

I would like to thank everyone who came out for our second annual fall pelagic bird watching trip on Saturday, Sept. 28th. We really lucked out with the weather which made for some very pleasant birding. Although bird activity was not as high in the area as recent years we still managed to get some excellent look at a variety of species.

Trip highlights include excellent looks at Surf and White-winged scoters in Passamaquoddy Bay, large rafts of Common Eider and a pair of Red-necked grebes off Green's Point. We got to make good comparisons between Double-crested and Great Cormorants  and were also treated with quite great views of bald eagle as they fished for mackerel off Campobello island.

I didn't take a whole lot of photos on the trip so I would welcome anyone who was aboard to send their photos and I will put them up on the blog!

Trip list:

Bonaparte's gull
Herring gull
Great-black backed gull
Ring-billed gull
Bald eagle
Surf scoter
White-winged scoter
Common loon
Red-necked grebe
Black guillemot
Common tern
Belted kingfisher
Double crested cormorant
Great cormorant
Spotted sandpiper
Great-blue heron

Bald eagle

Bald eagle

Bonaparte's gull

Bonaparte's gyulls feeding on Campobello shore

Coopers hawk?

Bonaparte's gull
Common eiders

Gulls feeding in Head Harbour passage

Red-necked grebes

Red-necked grebes

Surf Scoter taking off

White-winged scoters

White-winged scoters taking off