Welcome to Quoddy Link's Bird Blog! A place to report the many bird species sighted while aboard the Quoddy Link. Sightings are recorded by the skilled interpreters aboard the Quoddy link's whale watching catamaran that frequents the areas around Campobello Island, Deer Island and Grand Manan. For more information about our company, or to make a reservation on one of our trips please visit our main site at www.quoddylinkmarine.com. If you have any comments our questions, or would like to add your own sighting please respond by adding a comment in the comments section below each post or email nickjameshawkins@gmail.com. Thanks and enjoy!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sept. 17th - 19th

Just a quick post to share some recent photos and sightings. We have seen some very impressive feeding groups of gulls, eagles, porpoises and whales! Also quite a few of raptors moving through the area with the sunny days and NW winds we have been having out on the water. A few Scoters starting to show up and we had our first Harlequin duck of the fall. Birding aboard the Quoddy link has been great!

Sightings of interest by day:

Sept. 17th - 5 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and a single BROADWING HAWK seen crossing the Little Letete Passage.  Also a PEREGRINE FALCON seen feeding on a kill on Pendleton tower.

Sept. 18th - A BROADWING HAWK, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, a KESTREL and a unidentified raptor crossing Letete passage. 7 SURF SCOTERS flying off Green's Point. A LESSER-BLACK BACKED GULL in a feeding group an the first HARLEQUIN DUCK of the fall.

Sept. 19th - a single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and an adult POMARINE JAEGER off Black's Harbour. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK over Mowat Island. a NORTHERN HARRIER over MacMaster Island. Two RED-TAILED HAWKS crossing Letete passage.

Bald eagle diving on baitball of herring
Bald eagle diving on baitball of herring

Bald eagle diving on baitball of herring

Bald eagle diving on baitball of herring, porpoise in foreground

Bald eagle diving on baitball of herring, porpoise in foreground

Bald eagle feeding on the wing

This Black Guillemot has been hanging around the wharf in St. Andrews, great for taking pictures of the back of the boat!

Bonaparte's gull

Flock of Bonaparte's gull being attacked by a peregrine falcon at far right

Broad-winged hawk over MacMaster island

Common Eiders

Common murre

Double-crested Cormorant

Gulls feeding on herring

Northern Harrier

Not a bird! Orange sulfur butterfly?

Peregrine falcon feeding on kill on Pendleton tower

Pomarine Jaeger

Red-tailed hawk over Letete passage

Sharp-shinned hawk over Letete passage

Surf scoters

We still have room aboard the Sept. 28th bird cruise! It departs the St. Andrews wharf at 9AM and returns around 1PM. Cost is $55 per person. Be sure to call the office to reserve a spot if your interested. The Quoddy office can be reached at (506) 529-2600.

Happy birding

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic shots. LIke the one with the eagle and the porpoise. Neat!