This past weekend we went to the fine city of Gloucester for a Whale Watch. It wasn't the most productive trip in terms of both whales and birds. I did manage to get 2 life birds. A single Sooty Shearwater and a few Wilson's Storm-Petrels flying around. There were a great number of Great Black-Backed Gulls flying around and one immature Northern Gannet.
Despite the Birds, there were a few causes for concern. First, was that it took a while to find birds and whales. We had to go out about 25 miles out to see some whales. There were only 2 whales out and about. I imagine that we were out there with half whale watching boats in northern Mass. We were out there with easily 5 boats, including 2 from the New England Aquarium. It is a little troubling that there were so few whales and birds out there. I will be doing another trip towards the end of the month so I will write an update then! Go Birding!
A Molting Common Eider
Gloucester, MA skyline
The Humpback Whale called Nile (Look at her Left Fin)
Everyone was really excited to see her
I was real excited to see this Wilson's Storm Petrel... No one else cared (besides my wife who snapped the photo)
2013 Year List: 233
Life List: 310
Wilson's Storm Petrel