Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 2018, Red-billed Tropicbird back to Seal Island

May 2018,

The adventurous and happily long lived Red-billed Tropicbird has survived another winter somewhere else and has returned to its summer home on Seal Island, first seen on May 9, in its wee cavern by resident observers.


Monday, March 12, 2018

August 28 trip to Matinicus Rock, just a few

August 28, trip to Matinicus Rock, just a few




 gang of shags headed SW August 28, over no man's land, Matinicus,and Chriehaven

 Matinicus Rock, August 28,
 Peter Kass built boat

porpoise off Otter Island I think
August 27 Green's Island,  Parula warbler approaching the bath


Aug 26, to Seal Island, two trips


August 26,  am and pm

 still big fish coming into Seal island.
 Sooty shearwater

 this is AMERICA people

 an ancient bird in an older landscape,  great Cormorant at Seal Island




 August 26,  great cormorants and a gannet on the lower western head,  many young great Cormorant of the year.
 they have left the nest platforms, some of which you can see in the middle of the picture.


young great Cormorants, mostly and an adult and some eider hens

 the back side of Seal Island.
seaside golden rod, seal Island
Herb Fechter, last of the great Tropicbird chasers? this bird had been seen a couple days before, but we did not see it.

 hooked gannet passing over the eastern bite

 fowl hooked gannet.

 Peregrine roosting with puffin decoy


 peregine decides to split, that puffin is creepy
 young peregrine and goldenrod



 phalerope,  i think the big pale one was a red.

 first summer blackback


Brimstone, featuring winter roost of cormorants.

banded goldfinch,  from the birdbath bigyear series.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

August 25,

August 25, Seal Island.

 Two Gannets on Seal Island, gannets nested on Machias seal this summer, there has been one presumably one of these birds here for weeks. It is unusual to see gannets roosting ashore in this region.
 The Gannets appear to be swelling in our direction as have Puffins, Razorbills and Murre during recent decades.
 Big fish for puffin chicks today.
 Sooty shearwater

August 22, & 24th, Seal Island & Woodenball

August 22,
 lots of Puffins at Seal Island
 felonius skua,
This bird showed impressive acceleration once the pirate has a potential prize in sight, the pace of the wings increase in bursts,  as does a falcon, this time low over the water.

August 24,


 Eagles over wooden ball cormorants near the shore on the left
 Wooden balls cormorants

 Two adult and one immature eagle on Woodenball

 Black-bellied plovers, Wooden Ball.
Black-bellied Plovers.