Friday, September 25, 2009

Parasitic Jaegers and Storm-Petrel at Bay of Fundy's Head Harbour Passage

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:41:18 -0300
From: "Chardine,John [Sackville]" NatureNB
Subject: Parasitic Jaegers, Deer Island

I was out on the water yesterday (22 Sep 2009) in Head Harbour Passage (no phalaropes seen), and saw several Parasitic Jaegers (Labbe parasite). One observation was of three birds together, and I'm sure there was at least one more in the area. On several occasions we watched them attempt to kleptoparasitise Bonaparte's Gulls (Mouette de Bonaparte) as they fed on small herring.

Also saw a single Leach's Storm-Petrel (Petrel Cull-Blanc).

John Chardine
Research Scientist, Marine Ecosystems
Science and Technology Branch
Environment Canada

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