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Mark,

Interestingly enough, most of our pelagics were seen east of Broward as we
trolled north with the Gulfstream. As Bob Wallace stated, pelagic birding is
a new frontier that offers endless possibilities. Life is
good................tight lines and good birding.

Paul Bithorn
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From: "Mark Berney" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 12:07 PM
Subject: [FLBIRDS] Offshore Hillsboro Inlet


> Highlights:
> 1 Audubon's Shearwater
> 65+ Wilson's Storm-petrel
> 1 (poss.2) BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL
> 1 Leach's Storm-petrel
> 7 Sooty Tern
> 2 Bridled Tern
> 2 Brown Noddy
>
> A fishing trip offshore from Hillsboro Inlet (Broward)
> on Sat July 19th proved to be a productive one for
> pelagic seabirds. We traveled up to 24 miles offshore
> looking for weed lines or Terns "turning" over feeding
> dolphin. A Leach's Storm-petrel was encountered about
> 8 miles offshore, showing obvious pale diagonal inner
> wing bars and a partly broken white rump patch (only
> visible when we got very close). I suspected it was
> this species from some distance away due to its
> distinctive nighthawk-like flight. At 10 miles, a
> Brown Noddy was found circling. Another boat was
> already on the scene so we pulled up some distance
> away to observe and check the sparse sargassum patches
> for bait. The Noddy eventually lost interest and moved
> off to the south. Soon afterwards an Audubon's
> Shearwater and the first Wilson's Storm-petrel of the
> day were found. Another Brown Noddy was located at
> about 15 miles. While trolling baits at 24 miles, two
> Least Tern flew overhead heading in an easterly
> direction - for Bimini perhaps. On the way back in we
> stopped to circle a raft of at least 60 Wilson's
> Storm-petrel. On getting closer I noticed two larger
> Oceanodroma petrels in the mix. The Wilson's
> Storm-petrels were alternating between foot-pattering
> on the surface of the sea and resting for a time.
> Fortunately I was able to get close views of one of
> the larger Oceanodroma petrels as it skirted the mass
> of Wilson's and made passes within 20 yards of the
> boat, which was now idling. It lacked the obvious pale
> inner wing diagonal bars of Leach's. They were less
> extensive and appeared to be somewhat duller than the
> adjacent Wilson's Storm-petrels. No tarsus projection
> was visible beyond the tail and the white rump band
> was unbroken. The icing on the cake was the flight,
> which was less erratic than the earlier Leach's,
> staying close to the surface with long glides.
> Unbelievably, it had to be a Band-rumped Storm-petrel.
> According to the GPS, we were 17.4 miles offshore at
> the time. I never did get good enough views of the
> other Oceanodroma to positively ID it, however its
> flight would point more to Band-rumped than Leach's.
>
> It was great to read Paul's post about the other
> Band-rumped Storm-petrel to the south and Bob's post
> about pelagics to the north (Can you send a
> Black-capped Petrel this way ?). Interestingly, in
> over a dozen trips offshore in the last year, this is
> the first one to find Brown Noddy offshore Broward.
> For the record, a trip from Hillsboro Inlet on June
> 8th produced: 1 Wilson's Storm-petrel, 2 Audubon's
> Shearwater, 5 Sooty Tern and 2 Bridled Tern.
>
>
> Mark Berney
> Sunrise, Broward
>
>
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