Sunday, March 18, 2012
This is a first-year Northern Gannet, which dropped into the ocean just 20 yards or so off our boat, the Morningstar, as we cruised the Atlantic Ocean off Maryland on Saturday looking for pelagic birds. It was an amazing trip, we had 7 Northern Fulmars, some quite near the boat, and an incredible 112 Manx Shearwaters, which blew the previous state record of 18 in a day away!!!!
Back on land, the record-high warm weather has brought still other records: the earliest recorded arrivals of many migrant songbirds, birds like Yellow-Throated Warbler and Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher that aren't supposed to be here for another 7 to 10 days.
Here are some more pix from our trip.
A Bonaparte's Gull:
One of three Lesser Black-Backed Gulls that shadowed the boat, after the chum we set out:
A pair of Razorbills:
An adult Gannet goes for a drink ... or a fish?
I love you, Sweet 'Tater