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!