[CT Birds] What birds are 50-100miles out on the ocean currently?

Thomas Robben robben99 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 30 22:55:49 EST 2011


Have you wondered what birds are 50+ miles out on the nearby ocean in late
December 2011, during this Christmas Bird Count season?
Richard Fried has given us his answer for "NY waters".... nothing
unexpected, but a very nice cross section of winter pelagic species.... and
its interesting to see which species are there and which are not!
By the way, these birds were about 100 miles directly south of CT, and
would be in "Connecticut waters".... if Long Island was not in the way!
Happy New Year and Good Birding to all,
Tom Robben
Glastonbury CT

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Subject: Pelagic birds
From: Richard Fried <rfried AT lsvets.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:54:34 -0500

 Rob Bate and I went on our final pelagic birding trip of the year today
(second for him and sixth for me). At 12:30 am last night we boarded the
Starstream VIII, part of the Captain Lou Fishing Fleet out of Freeport,
Long
Island and traveled out to the edge of the continental shelf near Hudson
Canyon, arriving at first light and fishing at multiple spots across the
next
25 miles and 6 hours.

 While gull and Gannet numbers were way down from those earlier in the
month,
we were fortunate in finding increasing numbers of four Alcid species:
Dovekie,
Common Murre, Razorbill and Atlantic Puffin, along with Northern Fulmar and
Black-legged Kittiwake.

 We were able to get close looks at numerous examples of each, but there
were
many more distant Alcids that we couldn't identify to species. The eBird
list
is below.

Happy New Year and Good Birding to all.
Rich Fried
New York City

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)  4     (39.87797, -72.65088)
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)  6     (39.87797, -72.65088)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)  3     (39.87797, -72.65088)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  25     (39.87796, -72.65089)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  41     (39.87796, -72.65089)
Dovekie (Alle alle)  35     (39.94313, -72.59260)
Common Murre (Uria aalge)  3     (39.94313, -72.59260)
Razorbill (Alca torda)  10     39.94313, -72.59260)
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)  11     (39.94313, -72.59260)
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