7/18 – BBC Pelagic #1

On Saturday I joined fifty fellow birders on a pelagic trip out to the continental shelf edge and canyons, far south of Nantucket, MA. This trip was run by the Brookline Bird Club (BBC), which operates a slew of great trips out of Hyannis annually. Having not been pelagic birding this year, I was looking forward to getting back out on the water.

Hopes were high for a rarity following sightings of Black-capped Petrel and Bridled Tern in the warm water area that we’d be visiting. Unfortunately, we never did luck into any unexpected species, although we ran up a respectable total of both seabirds and cetaceans. Personal highlights included: five species of shearwater (Cory’s, Great, Sooty, Manx, and Audubon’s), three species of storm-petrel (Wilson’s, Leach’s, and my life Band-rumped), Red-necked Phalarope, and Pomarine Jaeger.

On the marine mammal front, we picked up such species as Short-beaked Common, Bottlenose, and Risso’s Dolphins, and Fin Whale. Other wildlife highlights included Basking Shark, Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola), Portuguese Man ‘o War, and a number of flyingfish.

Photos below:

Cory's Shearwater, Nantucket Shoals, MA

Cory's Shearwater

Cory’s Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Manx Shearwater, Nantucket Shoals, MA

Manx Shearwater

Manx Shearwater

Audubon's Shearwater

Audubon’s Shearwater

Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Hydrographer Canyon, MA

Wilson's Storm-Petrels

Wilson’s Storm-Petrels

Leach's Storm-Petrel, Hydrographer Canyon, MA

Leach's Storm-Petrels

Leach’s Storm-Petrels

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Red-necked Phalarope, Nantucket Shoals, MA

Red-necked Phalaropes

Red-necked Phalaropes

Pomarine Jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger

Short-beaked Common Dolphins

Short-beaked Common Dolphins

Risso's Dolphin and Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Risso’s Dolphin and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel

Fin Whale

Fin Whale

Basking Shark

Basking Shark

Portuguese Man o' War, Hydrographer Canyon, MA

Portuguese Man o' War

Portuguese Man o’ War


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4 Responses to 7/18 – BBC Pelagic #1

  1. De bec et de plumes says:

    Your shearwaters photos are very nice!

  2. What a nice trip! I’ve never seen a Basking Shark or a Mola Mola. Do they have to be reported as they do here in Maine?

  3. Deanna says:

    So good to read your blog again!!’ Loved the photos–sounds like you had a super trip! See you tonight,
    Hugs to you!!!!! 😉

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