2 PARASITIC JAEGERS
JAEGER sp. (see photo)
First Black legged kittiwake juveniles
Wilson's Storm petrel
Atlantic puffins including first young of the year
Great Blue Heron
Activity continues to build around head harbour passage with hundreds of terns being the most recent arrivals, mostly arctic terns with juveniles but also some common terns as well. Bonaparte's gulls and kittiwakes number in the several of hundreds if not more as they feed in the strong currents. I have also noticed young of the year bonaparte's and kittiwakes are beginning to show up.
|Bonaparte's gulls roosting on Casco island|
Shearwaters and alcids remain abundant both offshore and inshore near head harbour passage. MANX shearwaters are still the dominant shearwater, with fewer numbers of great and sooty. Still lots of puffins around with fewer numbers of razorbills and murres. Northern gannets have also increased in numbers.
|Sooty shearwater with Manx shearwater in background|
Breeding activity on Whtehorse island is coming to a close. In the last couple weeks nearly all of the kittiwake nests have disappeared? The ledges that once held nests are now empty with a few remains of nesting material. The kittiwakes are now roosting on ledges around the island and on some tours they are completely absent. I don't think that any kittiwake chicks successfully fledged from whitehorse this year, and find it very strange that the nests disappeared in such a short period of time. Bald eagles are still hanging around to snatch up any late fledgling gulls...
|Juvenile bald eagle with prey|
|Parasitic jaeger stealing from Arctic tern|
Also of interest is an increase in the number of great blue herons feeding around the islands, this species was fairly absent up until now.
I will leave you with a photo of a jaeger species that I photographed on Aug. 4th. The bird was a long way off. I could notice the distinctive jaeger flight but was unable to ID through the binoculars. I am curious if anyone can ID this bird with certainty and what features they are looking at. I am leaning more towards a light morph parasitic then a pomarine but it is hard to judge size at such a distance.