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AUG 2013

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Pelagic Directory mid-2013 through early 2014 If you would like to participate in next year's Pelagic Directory, please contact Michael Retter at mretter@aba.org necked Phalarope, all three jaegers. Winter: Manx Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Great Skua, Little Gull, Dovekie, Razorbill, Atlantic Pufn. Mega-rarities have included Yellow-nosed and Black-browed albatrosses, Cape Verde Shearwater, and Swinhoe's and Black-bellied storm-petrels. •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • •• • •• • • • •• • •• • ATLANTIC OCEAN • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Canada • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Target species: thousands of sea ducks, loons, grebes, shearwaters, Northern Gannet, alcids, gulls, and possible migrating passerines. •••••••••••••••• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••• • ••• • ••• • • Port: Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick Destination: Mouth of the Bay of Fundy Dates: daily from 25 June–18 Sep. 2013 Duration: 4–5 hours Cost: $65/adult, $45/child; plus tax; includes fsh chowder lunch Organizer: Whales-n-Sails Adventures. (888) 9944044; www.4whales.com; info@whales-n-sails.com Target species: Great and Sooty shearwaters, Wilson's Storm-petrel, Northern Gannet; phalaropes; Atlantic Pufn; Razorbill; Common Murre; Black Guillemot; Common and Arctic terns, Northern Fulmar, Great and South Polar skuas, Pomarine and Parasitic jaegers, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Eider, Great and Double-crested cormorants, Manx Shearwater. Virginia • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••• • ••• • ••• • •• Port: Big Bras d'Or, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Dates: daily from 8 May–18 Oct. 2013 and 2014 Duration: 2–4 hours Destination: a pair of islands 5 miles from coast Cost: $38 Organizer: Bird Island Boat Tours. (800) 661-6680; www.birdisland.net Target species: Atlantic Pufn, Razorbill, Black-legged Kittiwake, Great Cormorant, Black Guillemot, Northern Gannet. • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• New England • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Port: Hyannis, Massachusetts. Destination: Nantucket Shoals Date: 9 Nov 2013 Duration: 8 hours Cost: $110 Organizer: Brookline Bird Club. ida8@verizon.net 52 •••••••••••••••• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••• • ••• • ••• • • Port: Virginia Beach, Virginia, aboard our own vessel, the Stormy Petrel II Destination: Continental Shelf and Slope Waters, possibly Norfolk Canyon Date: TBA, probably mid-Jan. 2014 Duration: 13 hours Cost: $190/person/trip Organizer: Brian Patteson, Inc. (252) 986-1363; brian@patteson.com; www.seabirding.com/; seabirding.blogspot.com/ Target species: Manx Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Great Skua, Dovekie, Razorbill, Atlantic Pufn. Black-browed Albatross here in Feb. 1999. North Carolina ••••••••••••••• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••• • ••• • ••• • •• Port: Hatteras, North Carolina aboard our own vessel, the Stormy Petrel II Destination: Gulf Stream, Continental Shelf and Slope waters Dates: 2013: 9, 10 ,11, 16, 17, 18 Aug.; Oct. TBA. 2014: TBA beginning in Feb. Duration: 10–11 hours Cost: $160/person/trip; discount for multiple trips Organizer: Brian Patteson, Inc. (252) 986-1363; brian@patteson.com; www.seabirding.com/; seabirding.blogspot.com/ Target species: May–August: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, Manx, Sooty and Audubon's shearwaters, Wilson's, Leach's, European, and Bandrumped storm-petrels, Bridled and Sooty terns; Trindade, Fea's, and Bermuda petrels, Red-billed and White-tailed tropicbirds, Masked Booby, Red- Birder's Guide to Travel | August 2013 Port: Wanchese, North Carolina (Oregon Inlet) aboard our own vessel, the Stormy Petrel II Destination: Gulf Stream, Continental Shelf and Slope waters Dates: 23, 24, 25 Aug. 2013 Duration: 12 hours Cost: $180/person/trip; discount for multiple trips Organizer: Brian Patteson, Inc. (252) 986-1363; brian@patteson.com; www.seabirding.com/; seabirding.blogspot.com/ Target species: Similar to Hatteras departures except for slight possibility to see White-faced Storm-Petrel •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • •• • •• • • • •• • •• • PACIfIC OCEAN •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • •• • •• • • • •• • •• • Washington •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • •• • •• • • • •• • •• • Port: Westport, Washington Destination: Grays Canyon Duration: 8–11 hours Dates: 10, 17, 24 Aug., 7, 21, 28 Sep., 6, 19 Oct. 2013 Cost: $140 Organizer: Westport Seabirds. http://www.westportseabirds.com/ Target Species: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm Petrel, Red-necked and Red phalaropes, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinocerous Auklet, Tufted Pufn. Also possible are Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, Short-tailed Shearwater, Leach's Storm-petrel, South Polar Skua, Long-tailed Jaeger, Thayer's Gull, Artic Tern. •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • •• • •• • • • •• • •• • Port: Westport, Washington Destination: Outer Slope Duration: 8–11 hours Date: 4 Aug. 2013 Cost: $145

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