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Sightings and Updates

July 19th – 31st

Bird activity in the West Isles continues to build. The most recent arrivals have been hundreds of BONAPARTE’S GULLS that can be seen feeding in the tidal upwellings around Campobello and Deer island. A few LITTLE GULLS have been spotted in the area by another observer as well. There has been quite a few ARCTIC TERNS with smaller numbers of COMMON TERN beginning to show up in the area.

Whitehorse Island has been very busy with most of the HERRING and BLACK BACKED GULL chicks fledging in the last week. This draws lots of attention from the local BALD EAGLES and we have been getting some exciting views as they hunt the young gulls. As many as a dozen have been seen at the island at one time. The BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE chicks are doing very well with some of the earliest birds already fledging. It looks like the colony will be fledging a good number of chicks this year in contrast to past years. Good to see!

Alcid numbers have been up and down, we were seeing very good numbers of RAZORBILLS with a good number of father-chick pairs being seen after July 20th. A few COMMON MURRE and ATLANTIC PUFFIN have been sighted on most trips. Small numbers of GREAT CORMORANTS have also been sighted.

It has been fairly quiet for other seabirds. We did see 3 GREAT SHEARWATER in Passamaquoddy bay recently and there are a few NORTHERN GANNET in the area. At times we have been seeing good size groups of RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and the odd WILSON’S STORM PETREL and PARASITIC JAEGER.

Just  reminder the the bird trip is set for September 27th and is filling up fast. Please call the Quoddy office at 506-529-2600 for details and to reserve your spot on the boat!

Cheers,
-Nick

Young herring gull testing wings

Young herring gull testing wings

Great black-backed gulls with young

Great black-backed gulls with young

Arctic tern

Arctic tern

Red-necked phalaropes

Red-necked phalaropes

Herring gull fledging with pursuing adults, we saw lots of this behavior of young birds being attacked by adults during their first flights

Herring gull fledging with pursuing adults, we saw lots of this behavior of young birds being attacked by adults during their first flights

Herring gull fledging

Herring gull fledging

Arctic tern

Arctic tern

Young great black-backed gull

Young great black-backed gull

Immature northern gannet

Immature northern gannet

Great cormorant

Great cormorant

Herring gull on Whitehorse Island

Herring gull on Whitehorse Island

Herring gull

Herring gull

Razorbills

Razorbills

Razorbill father with chick

Razorbill father with chick

Group of gulls feeding on bait ball of herring

Group of gulls feeding on bait ball of herring

Peregrine falcon on Macs tower

Peregrine falcon on Macs tower

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Bald eagle pair on Spruce Island

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Juvenile bald eagle in nest on Spruce Island

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Common ravens on Whitehorse Island

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Bald eagle on Whitehorse Island

Three kittiwake chicks in a nest on Whitehorse, first time seeing this many chicks in one nest.

Three kittiwake chicks in a nest on Whitehorse, first time seeing this many chicks in one nest.

Nesting black-legged kittiwakes on Whitehorse Island

Nesting black-legged kittiwakes on Whitehorse Island

Black guillemots on Whitehorse Island

Black guillemots on Whitehorse Island

Least and semipalmated sandpipers

Least and semipalmated sandpipers

Black legged kittiwake

Black legged kittiwake

Bonaparte's gull

Bonaparte’s gull

 

 

 

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