Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dovekie,Humpbacks, Finbacks, Minkes, Right Whales and more off Grand Manan

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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 21:34:52 -0300
From: Laurie Murison NatureNB
Subject: dovekie

During a whale watch trip today we went past a small alcid. This time of year I expect to see murres and razorbills with chicks so didn't immediately think much of it but then realized that this was neither a razorbill chick nor a murre chick but in fact a dovekie. Just about that time it dove so no photo and I couldn't alert the passengers to its presence. Perhaps this is the bird that was seen from the White Head ferry earlier this summer or another dovekie.

The other seabird concentrations have been impressive the last three or four days (petrels, phalaropes, shearwaters), as have the whales with humpbacks, finbacks, minkes and right whales in relative close proximity. We didn't see right whales today because of fog early in the =
trip but did have finbacks and bubble netting, surface lunge feeding humpbacks whales (Chablis and Quixote) off White Head Island.

Laurie Murison
Grand Manan, NB

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