Thursday, July 19, 2012

Clymene Dolphin and Pelagic Birding

Sunday, July 15th

Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez, Master Birder Vince McGrath and retired engineer Stan Damen joined the with thirty-five fellow birders aboard the Pastime Princess to bird for pelagic bird species out on the Atlantic Ocean. Michael Brothers of the Marine Science Center had sponsored this trip out of Ponce Inlet, Florida.  My interest was vicarious in that I can not attend but really would have enjoyed the event.

Mr Brothers Bird List - Black-capped Petrel    8, Cory’s Shearwater    45, Great Shearwater    20, Audubon’s Shearwater    4, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel   55, Leach’s Storm-Petrel    3, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel    3, Brown Booby   1, Greater Yellowlegs    3, Sandpiper species    20, Pomarine Jaeger    1, Bridled Tern     12 and Sooty Tern    25
His report includes background on the Clymene Dolphin sighted today. This is a rarely seen and a lifer observation for everyone aboard the Pastime Princess.

Clymene Dolphin
Photo Courtesy of Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez
Black-capped Petrel
Photo Courtesy of Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez

 The day prior to the pelagic trip the guys visited Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Here they added
Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbills, Greater and lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitchers, Least Terns, Gull-billed Terns, Black Terns, Forster's Terns, Royal terns and Black Skimmers.
Bridled Tern
Photo Courtesy of Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez

Bridled Tern
Photo Courtesy of Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez
On Monday's return trip to ft Myers they visited Joe Overstreet Road near Lake Kissimee in the hunt for Whooping Cranes, which were seen. Also sighted were Northern Bobwhites, Wild Turkeys, Bald Eagle, Sandhill Cranes and Purple Galluniles.
Great Shearwater
Photo Courtesy of Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez

Great Shearwater
Photo Courtesy of Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez
Northern Bobwhite
Photo Courtesy of Dr Jose Padilla-Lopez

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