This morning I did a sea watch at Honeymoon Island in fairly strong onshore
winds. There were large numbers of Northern Gannets moving south, many of them
very close inshore. After several sample five minute counts I estimated that
they were moving at the rate of at least 900 per hour. I watched from 9.10 -
10.40 am. Most of the birds were first years with perhaps less than 5% adults. I
was hoping for jaegers but no such luck.
Other interesting sightings at Honeymoon this morning included a cracking
juvenile Peregrine Falcon, Swallow-tailed Kite, a Northern Parula and a Prairie
Warbler on the Osprey Trail. No sign of the large flock of Redheads that has
recently frequented the area but they could have been in Pelican Cove and I
didn't check that area.
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