Cape May Pelagic – February 6th, 2015

The mighty Great Skua passing the boat. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This past Saturday was the Cape May See Life Paulagics trip, and our boat-full of eager birders were in for a great day on the ocean. We sailed out of the Cape May canal while the first hint of light rose above the horizon, passing 2 Harlequin Ducks, 7 Great Cormorants, 30 American Oystercatchers, and a nice spattering of the usual seaducks around …

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Another year of birding underway!

Two of 3 Razorbills we saw at Barnegat Inlet, NJ (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

With the first month of the year officially behind us now, I thought I would take a look the current status of my year list. Beginning a new year is always fun – every single bird is ‘new’, it’s winter, and there are typically a bunch of winter rarities and other good birds around to chase. You never really know what the …

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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, NJ

Long-tailed Duck

Last Saturday, I traveled to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in New Jersey. Although slightly chilly, the sun and lack of wind made the birding conditions excellent… or at least better than most January days along the Jersey shore! Upon arriving, a small group of Black-crowned Night-Herons passed directly overhead, circling around the lighthouse several times before moving over the open …

Three Western Kingbirds at Fort Hill, Massachusetts!

One of three Western Kingbirds at Fort Hill. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

After a successful morning of chasing Rhode Island’s Mountain Bluebird and the Bridgewater, Massachusetts Northern Lapwing, my friends and I shot over towards Cape Cod. While crossing over the Bourne Bridge, we noticed noticed about 250 Common Eiders floating beneath it so we pulled down around for a better look – what a great way to kick off our time on Cape …

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Provincetown Birding Part 2

A photo that really sums up our time at Race Point Beach - Razorbill, kittiwake, and gannet. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Check out this link to ‘Provincetown Birding Part 1’. By 11:00am, we had arrived at the parking area for Race Point Beach.  Despite how dark and dreary it was, it wasn’t quite raining and the ocean wasn’t too choppy. Darker conditions often provide the most natural lighting while scanning with a spotting scope and it’s never very fun to sea-watch with …

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Washed-up Razorbill – Florida

Immature Razorbill in rehab - Photo by Michael Brothers

This afternoon, the Marine Science Center at Ponce Inlet, Florida received an immature Razorbill into their bird hospital. The bird was found washed-up on the beach in New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County. There have been probably fewer than 10 state record for the Razorbill in Florida, with the only other eBird record from Pinellas County, on the Gulf Coast of …

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Cape May Pelagic – Razorbills, Common Murres, and a whole lotta Dovekies

This past Saturday I joined 40 other birders on a 12 hour pelagic birding trip off the coast of Cape May County, NJ. This trip was organized by See Life Paulagics and was conducted on the 110 foot Atlantic Star. Weather throughout the day was great, with winds around 10 to 15 knots and swells around 2 to 3 feet for …