We kicked off the 2013 season with a pelagic birding trip that went out on the morning of June 1st. We had beautiful weather with calm seas and plenty of bird activity. We visited the nesting islands of Whitehorse and South Wolf, where the nesting of BLACK LEGGED KITTIWAKES was well underway, we counted close to 100 nests between the two islands, more then I have seen in recent years.
The highlight of the day was a LAUGHING GULL that was seen on Tinkers Island along with a small group of BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Here are some shots of the laughing gull, thanks to Carol Ball, Wayne Perry and Merv Cormier for sending them in!
We also saw good numbers of BLACK GUILLEMOT and RAZORBILLS and a small group of COMMON MURRES.
Since then we have made it out onto the way a number of times and sightings of interest are listed below...
June 5th - a pair of COMMON RAVEN were harassing the nesting Kittiwakes on Whitehorse. There is a raven nest on the west facing side of Whitehorse and I have read that ravens have been known to predate heavily upon adults, chicks and eggs at Kittiwake colonies.
June 7th - The first GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL and HERRING GULL chicks are seen on Whitehorse Island.
June 12th - a PEREGRINE FALCON was observed hunting along the rocky shore of Fairhaven, Deer Island
June 14th - a PILEATED WOODPECKER flew across Little Letete passage coming from Deer Island. I have never seen or heard one in this area before. The first broods of EIDER DUCKS are seen in the St. Andrews harbour.
June 19th - First large group of around 100-150 gulls are seen feeding in Head Harbour Passage.
Here are some images from recent trips...
|Cormorants and Herring Gulls on Whitehorse Island|
|Great black-backed gulls on Whitehorse|
|Great black-backed gull with chicks on Whitehorse|
|Black-legged Kittiwakes on Whitehorse|
|Black-legged Kittiwakes nesting on Whitehorse|
|A pair of Black-legged Kittiwakes|
|Herring gulls mating on Whitehorse island|
|Nesting Double-crested Cormorants onWhitehorse|
|Razorbills taking flight|